SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A rough start to the second round of the Rattler Invitational hosted by St. Mary’s dropped Northeastern State from second to fourth at 598 (292-306).
“Not what we wanted but we did beat a bunch of highly ranked teams, and picked up some significant wins over some Central Region teams,” said head coach Scott Varner.
Henderson State won with a 582, and beat Texas A&M-Commerce by four shots. Dallas Baptist’s Joaquin Arguelles was the individual winner carding a 142 (68-74) and beat West Texas A&M’s Braxton Sides by one shot.
“We had a great chance to win this thing, and we simply didn’t take care of business,” added Varner. “Tate, Marc, and Garrett got off to terrible starts which puts you in a bind mentally. We were playing catch-up, pressing, and playing from behind.”
Eli Armstrong and Alberto Ruiz-Nava both fired even-par 72s to lead Central Oklahoma to a fifth-place finish.
The Bronchos closed with a 304 and finished two trips around The Dominion Country Club with a 601 total, tied for fifth with St. Edward’s in the 16-team event.
Ruiz-Nava ended up in a tie for fourth in the individual standings with a 145 total, shooting 73-72 and making 27 pars in the 36-hole event. Armstrong’s final-round 72 enabled him to tie for 24th with a 147 total.
Nick Pierce had a 77 Tuesday, while Alexander Hughes shot 83 and Wesley Jackson 84.
“It was a rough event,” said head coach Josh Fosdick of UCO’s opening tournament of the spring season. “The greens kept the guys off guard and they were never quite capable of taking advantage of their good shots. This event just showed us we have more work to do to be ready for April and May, so that’s always good.
“It was a great tournament for Alberto. He took advantage of an opportunity to play and played well. I was also impressed with Eli. Having the flu kept him out all week leading up to the tournament, but he battled tough.”
The Bronchos don’t play again until going to Russellville, Ark. March 13-14 for the Dave Falconer Classic.
Southwestern Oklahoma State finished seventh. After ending their opening round in third place on Monday with a 294 (+6) team scorecard, the Bulldogs struggled in the final round on Tuesday shooting 15 strokes worse to drop them four spots on the leaderboard.
Kason Cook and Marques Gomez led the way for the squad, each carding 4-over scores of 148. Cook shot 71-77 and Gomez 75-73.
Stefan Idstam shot 152 (+8) for the tournament with scores of 75-77.
Oklahoma Christian finished 14th among 16 teams in the tournament. OC’s team score of 311 in the final round was a slight improvement over the Eagles’ first-round score and left them at 623.
For the second straight day, sophomore Juan Pallach led OC, recording three birdies and shooting 76. He tied for 34th in the 86-man field.
OC freshman Michael Robinson improved his score from Monday, shooting a 78 (also with three birdies) to close at 157, tied for 53rd. So did sophomore Ryan Trousdale, whose 77 was four shots better than on Monday. He tied for 62nd at 158, as did junior Eric Hill. Hill posted a final-round 80.
Junior Ethan Smith finished 67th at 160 after shooting an 81.
The Eagles’ next tournament will be the Las Vegas Desert Classic, to be hosted by Missouri-St. Louis at Primm Valley Golf Club in Las Vegas on March 5-6.