Stars perched in fourth after first round of NAIA Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Oklahoma City University carded a round-one 287 and sat in fourth place after the first day of the NAIA Championships Tuesday at LPGA International.

James Marchesani and Garrison Mendoza each fired a first-round 70 on the par-72, 6,928-yard course to pace the Stars and grab a share of third place individually. OCU, ranked No. 3 in NAIA men’s golf, finished the first round one shot behind Faulkner (Ala.) and Grand View (Iowa) and two shot off the lead held by Costal Georgia.

"We hit the ball really well today, and we will make a few more putts the next couple of days," OCU coach Kyle Blaser said. "We are feeling good about our game and look forward to teeing it up tomorrow."

Marchesani, a senior from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, rolled in five birdies to finish two shots under par on the day. Mendoza, a freshman from Clinton, Okla., carded five birdies of his own. The duo finished the first round one shot off the lead shared by Jay Monahan of Grand View and Jess Wingett of Concordia (Ore.).

Freshman Matthew Cheung, of Brisbane, Australia, made three birdies and an eagle and turned in a round-one 72. Scott Verplank, a sophomore from Edmond, Okla., shot a 3-over par 75, and fellow sophomore Anthony Marchesani, of Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, turned in a first-round 78.

Fellow Sooner Athletic Conference members Oklahoma Baptist, Texas Wesleyan and Wayland Baptist (Texas) sat in seventh, ninth and 11th places respectively after one round of play.

The Stars will return to action in the second round of the NAIA Championships at 12:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday at LPGA International in Daytona, Fla. Keep up with the action via live scoring, here.

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