Southeastern edges UCO in Newman Fall Invitational

Photo: OC junior Juan Pallach was one of two Eagles to finish in the top 10 in the Newman Fall Invitational.

Southeastern picked up its first tournament championship of the year after carding a final round 289 at the Newman Fall Invitational to finish one stroke ahead of Central Oklahoma at Crestview CC in Wichita, Kan.

Zach James added his first individual title of the season and his second as a member of the Savage Storm.

SE finished with a three-round score of 891, one shot ahead of UCO’s 892.  Arkansas-Ft. Smith checked in third with an 894 with Rogers State fourth and Dallas Baptist fifth.

James fired his second-straight round of 70 and finished with a tournament total of 214, finishing two-shots ahead of UCO’s Nick Pierce and UAFS’s Chris Eckes who tied for second.

Hayden Foster turned in his best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 72 and finished with a 223 for the event and placed seventh. Sam Berry matched Foster’s 72 in the final round and finished with a three-round tally of 226 to finish tied for 13th.

Ruben Fiqueiredo was next in with a 76 on Tuesday which put him at 229 for the tournament in a tie for 25th. Ryan Woods rounded out the squad with a 75 on the final day which put him at 236 for the week in a tie for 48th.

Holden Crago shot a three-under-par 69 to pace Central Oklahoma to a runner-up finish.
The Bronchos came up one shot short of the team title, shooting a final-round 290 to finish with an 892 total at the par-72 Crestview Country Club North Course.

Crago’s 69 led the way for the Bronchos, while Wesley Jackson and Alexander Hughes both shot 73.  Nick Pierce added a 75 and Eli Armstrong a 77, with Blake Berry shooting a final-round 70 playing as an individual medalist.

“Holden played great golf when we needed it,” said head coach Josh Fosdick, whose team has finished second, first and second in three fall tournaments.  “He stepped up today and played great in very similar conditions to the first day.  It was definitely a round he needed as a confidence booster.

“I was thrilled to see Nick put himself in position to win an event.  You can’t win if you aren’t right there going into the last day and I know he learned something today in the disappointment.

“The rest of the team just need to grasp onto a positive and address the areas that let us down this week.  The golf course was in amazing shape and we simply didn’t execute down the stretch.  It was a great chance for us to get better heading into the next event.”

Pierce entered the day as the individual leader, but ended up in a tie for second with an even-par 216 total despite making four final-round birdies.  Armstrong came in 12th with a 226 total.

Holden had five birdies in his three-under round that vaulted him into a 17th-place tie.

The Bronchos continue their fall season Oct. 16-17 at the Ichabod Invitational in Topeka, Kan.

 Juniors Juan Pallach and Cameron Brown each shot a 1-over-par 73 to lead Oklahoma Christian on the final day of the Newman Fall Invitational, which ended Tuesday at Crestview Country Club.

After finishing in the top two in their first two tournaments of the fall, the Eagles placed eighth among 11 teams at the Newman tournament at 912, although they did post their best team score of the three rounds with a 298 on Tuesday.

Brown and Pallach both finished the tournament at 224, tied for eighth at 8-over on the 6,959-yard course. Southeastern’s Zach James shot 2-under 214 to win the individual title.

Junior Garrett White was OC’s No. 3 player, tying for 34th in the 65-man field at 231 after a final-round 75. Freshman Andres Brictson tied for 45th at 235 after posting a 77 and freshman Pablo Duster shot a final-round 70 and tied for 55th at 243.

OC junior Ethan Smith finished the highest among the 10 individual players in the tournament, tying for 17th at 227 after firing a 75 on Tuesday.

The Eagles will play next Monday and Tuesday in the Bill Ross Intercollegiate, hosted by NCAA Division I Missouri-Kansas City at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park, Kan.

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