OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 11, 2017) – With 13 birdies on his first tournament day as an Oklahoma Christian golfer, Garrett White put himself in a strong position on Monday at the Great American Conference Preview.
On a day when many players posted scores in the red, White – a transfer from Tyler (Texas) Junior College – stood out, shooting rounds of 67 and 66 on Lake Hefner Golf Club’s North Course. He will enter Tuesday’s final round in a three-way tie for the lead at 11-under-par 133.
Both of OC’s teams fared well on a day with optimal scoring conditions – temperatures in the low 80s and extremely light wind. The Eagles’ 11 players combined for 10 under-par rounds on the par-72, 6,970-yard layout, led by a pair of second-round 66s by White and junior Juan Pallach. Pallach was tied for fifth in the 56-man field at 135, 9-under-par, and recorded two eagles on the day.
In the team race, OC’s “A” team posted scores of 279 and 273 and the two-round score of 552 was just one shot back of the leader, Southeastern Oklahoma State. Two of Southeastern’s golfers, Hayden Foster and Zach James, were tied with White atop the individual leaderboard. Tournament host Southern Nazarene was two shots behind OC at 554.
OC’s “B” team actually posted a better first-round score than did the “A” team, shooting 276-287—563 to stand seventh in the nine-team field.
Just how good were those scores? The “A” team’s 273 was the second-best team round in OC history in relation to par at 15-under, and the 276 posted by the “B” team tied for No. 6 on that list. The “A” team’s 279 in the first round ranked No. 18 on that list.
Individually, the 6-under rounds posted by Pallach and White ranked 15th in relation to par on OC’s all-time list.
All five of OC’s “A” team players recorded at least one round at even par or better. In addition to White and Pallach, newcomer Cameron Brown shot 73-68—141 (including an eagle) and was tied for 19th. Veterans Ethan Smith (72-73—145) and Chris Karlovich (71-74—145) were tied for 33rd.
On the “B” team, freshman Andres Brictson led the Eagles, shooting 68-69—137 (with 11 birdies) to put himself in a tie for eighth. Junior Ryan Trousdale followed a career-best 67 with a 72 and was tied for 14th at 139 after recording 10 birdies. Another freshman, Pablo Duster, also had a round in the 60s, firing a 69 in the opening round and a 74 in the afternoon, and was tied for 27th at 143.
A stroke back was freshman Reese Gorman (72-72—144) and another newcomer, Jackson Phillips, was tied for 50th at 152 after rounds of 77 and 75. On the “B” team, Gorman and Duster each recorded an eagle.