HORSESHOE BAY, Texas – Rogers State’s Hagen Barmasse finds his name tied atop the leaderboard following round one at the 2015 Heartland Conference Men’s Golf Championships Sunday at Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Slick Rock Golf Course.
The junior had the best round of his Hillcat career carding a 5-under-par 67 and turned in the shot of the day on No. 14. Barmasse holed a pitch shot from just off the fairway on the course’s signature hole for an eagle. The Houston, Texas native led the field with six birdies and was four strokes better on par fours than any other player traversing the 10 holes in 5-under-par.
The rest of the RSU team, competing as individuals due to its provisional status, was not far behind as each member shot below the course average for the day and four of their five players are in the top 10. With the sun blazing, the Hillcats torched the 6,769-yard course for 19 total birdies and one eagle.
Henning Hogmoen also went low firing his lowest score as a Hillcat starting his round nearly flawlessly. The sophomore birdied four of his first five holes making the turn at 4-under-par, one shot off Barmasse’s pace. He played even par for the final 13 holes posting a 4-under-par 68 sitting in third place after day one.
Despite taking different paths to the end of round one, Ryan Roberts and Tanner Alder shot matching rounds of 1-under-par 71 to tie for eighth place. Roberts had two birdies, coming on No. 3 and 5, before turning in 13-consecutive pars to finish the day, ranking second in the field with 15 pars. Alder raced out to a 32 on the front nine with four birdies and closed the more difficult back side with a 39 for his spot inside the top 10.
Closing the day for RSU, reigning conference player of the week Alex Marsh, had two birdies and played 1-under-par through nine holes before ending with a 2-over-par 74 tying for 20th overall of 50 competitors.
Dallas Baptist (286) holds a one-shot lead over St. Mary’s (287) for the team title while Barmasse is joined by Newman’s James Bolton for the individual lead through 18 holes.
Pairings and live scoring for round two can be found here as RSU begins play starting at 8 a.m:
Oklahoma Christian’s debut at the Heartland Conference Championship on Sunday didn’t go as hoped.
The Eagles had only one player – junior Sam Johnston – break par during the tournament’s first round at Slick Rock Golf Course and will have work to do over the event’s final two days.
Johnston, already a two-time NCAA Division II All-America selection – fired a 2-under-par 70 on the 6,769-yard course and was tied for fifth in the 50-man field, three shots behind Barmasse and Hogmoen and James Bolton of Newman (Kan.).
OC senior Jared Consoli hammered out a 72 and was tied for 12th, also still in the hunt.
Senior Trey Payne (77, tied for 37th) and freshmen Zac Schaefer (78, tied for 39th) and Chase Esparza (79, 44th overall) rounded out OC’s starters.
Because of a conference decision, the three Heartland schools still in the Division II membership process aren’t allowed to compete for a team title in 2015. If they were, Rogers State would be leading with a 276 team score and OC would be in seventh at 297.
Dallas Baptist (Texas) holds the official team lead after posting a 286, one shot ahead of St. Mary’s (Texas).