BOLIVAR, Mo. – Marques Gomez and Joby Gray tied with Eric Kline of Central Oklahoma for the individual championship at the Southwest Baptist Bearcat Invitational, leading SWOSU to the team title at the event by 12 strokes on Tuesday at Silo Ridge Country Club.
Nine of ten rounds turned in by the Bulldogs this week were in the 70’s and all five golfers who took the course turned in a round of 75 or better. Leading the way were Gomez and Gray, who both finished under par on Tuesday to earn their first individual championships with the Bulldogs.
Gomez shot a 75 on Monday, but followed it up with the low round of the week by a Bulldog when he carded a 70 (-2) in the second round. Gray was one shot better with an opening-round 74 and he improved on Tuesday with a 71 to match Gomez with a two-round total of 145 (+1) strokes. As a team, SWOSU shot 300 in the first round but improved by 12 strokes when they turned in a 288 on Tuesday and their team total of 588 placed them 12 shots ahead of Central Oklahoma.
Nicolas Cornu turned in a top-ten performance himself with rounds of 76 and 73 for a 149 (+5) total. Stefan Idstam was two shots behind and tied for 14th with rounds of 77 and 74 to his credit while Jake Duvall shot 75 on Monday but shot higher on Tuesday and finished tied for 40th place.
The tournament championship is the second by SWOSU this season, who bookends the regular season with wins after also claiming first at the season-opening GAC Men’s Preview last September. This is also the sixth top-five team finish for the Bulldogs in eight tournaments.
SWOSU now carries momentum into the postseason, which begins in Hot Springs, Arkansas at the GAC Championships on April 24-26.
Eric Kline closed with a two-under-par 70 to earn co-medalist honors in leading Central Oklahoma to a runner-up finish at the Southwest Baptist Invitational here Tuesday.
Kline’s closing 70 left him with a one-over 144 total as he shared individual honors with a pair of SWOSU golfers. Russ Purser and Cody Troutman both shot 73, while Eli Armstrong had a 77 and Alberta Nava an 80.
Purser finished sixth in the individual standings with a 148 total and Troutman tied for ninth at 150.
UCO travels to Kansas City, Mo. next week for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championships.
The Northeastern State menâ€™s golf team tied for ninth. The tournament was the third MIAA-sanctioned event in 2015-16. The results from the final standings help determine next weekâ€™s conference champion. After three events, Northeastern State sits sixth in the conference with 21 points. The RiverHawks are just two back of a three-way tie for third between Missouri Southern State, Lindenwood and Washburn.
NSU shot 308 in Tuesdayâ€™s final round in Bolivar to finish in a tie for ninth at 45-over-par 621 (313-308).
Junior Tate Williamson tied for 14th at 7-over 151 (75-76), while true freshman Garrett McDaniel landed T-20 at 8-over 152 (76-76). Fellow true freshman Hunter Pennington tied for 45th at 13-over 157 (79-78), and redshirt freshman Justin Allenback tied for 70th at 20-over 164 (86-78).
Senior Brent Williamson rounded out the lineup as he finished solo 81st at 24-over 168 (83-85).
Next up for the RiverHawks will be the 2016 MIAA Championship, which will be held April 18-20 at Tiffany Springs Golf Club in Kansas City, Missouri.
SBU INVITATIONAL â€“ Final Results
April 11-12, 2016 at Bolivar, Mo.
(par-72, 6,840-yard Silo Ridge Country Club)
1. Southwestern Oklahoma State* 300-288=588 (+12)
2. #21 Central Oklahoma 307-293=600 (+24)
3. Washburn 304-297=601 (+25)
4. #9 Central Missouri 302-300=602 (+26)
5. Lindenwood 312-299=611 (+35)
6. Missouri Southern State 316-296=612 (+36)
7. Minnesota State 320-297=617 (+41)
8. Nebraska-Kearney 315-304=619 (+43)
T9. Northeastern State 313-308=621 (+45)
Central Missouri (B) 318-303=621 (+45)
11. Southwest Baptist 314-309=623 (+47)
T12. Missouri Western State 320-305=625 (+49)
Evangel 328-297=625 (+49)
14. Lincoln 314-317=631 (+55)
15. Upper Iowa 330-312=642 (+66)
16. Fort Hays State 329-327=656 (+80)
Rankings reflect the latest Golf Coaches Association of America Division II Top 25 Poll
* = receiving votes in the poll but not ranked in the top 25
T1. Margues Gomez (Southwestern Oklahoma State) 75-70=145 (+1)
Joby Gray (Southwestern Oklahoma State) 74-71=145 (+1)
Eric Kline (Central Oklahoma) 75-70=145 (+1)
T4. Blake Lammers (Lincoln) 75-72=147 (+3)
Kaden Macha (Central Missouri B) 76-71=147 (+3)
T14. Tate Williamson 75-76=151 (+7)
T20. Garrett McDaniel 76-76=152 (+8)
T45. Hunter Pennington 79-78=157 (+13)
T70. Justin Allenback 86-78=164 (+20)
81. Brent Williamson 83-85=168 (+24)
2015-16 MIAA Standings (Through 3 Events)
Team Standings (Conference points in parenthesis) **
1. Central Missouri (31)
2. Central Oklahoma (30)
T3. Missouri Southern State (23)
6. Northeastern State (21)
T7. Missouri Western State (14)
9. Southwest Baptist (8)
10. Lincoln (6)
11. Fort Hays State (5)