Three Stars snare GCAA all-American accolades

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NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma City University’s Garrison Mendoza became a three-time NAIA men’s golf all-American as awarded by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Mendoza reeled in second-team GCAA all-American honors, while Peri’Don Castille and Gaston Romero of the national champion Stars collected third-team all-American acclaim.

Mendoza, a senior from Clinton, Okla., turned in a 72.66 stroke average, 102 birdies and one eagle in 2017-18. Mendoza took all-NAIA Central Region and all-Sooner Athletic Conference accolades, semifinalist honors for the Jack Nicklaus NAIA player of the year award and all-tournament in the NAIA and SAC Championships as a senior.

In his OCU career, Mendoza produced 73.56 shots per round, 341 birdies and six eagles. He finished third on OCU’s all-time list with 125 rounds played. Mendoza became the Stars’ eighth four-time NAIA all-American, a four-time all-region performer and two-time all-conference honoree.

Castille, a sophomore from Dallas, provided the Stars with 73.67 strokes per 18 holes this season. Castille accumulated six top-10 finishes, tying for sixth place four times this season. Castille grabbed all-region acclaim.

Romero, a freshman from Cordoba, Argentina, posted a 74.52 scoring average with 60 birdies this season. Romero provided OCU with a 72-71-70-70–283 to finish tied for ninth at the NAIA Championships and earn an all-tournament nod. Romero’s top finish of the season came in Arkansas Tech’s Dave Falconer Classic on March 12-13 in Danville, Ark., when he shot 68-77–145 to tie for seventh place among four top-15 showings. He won the NAIA Phil Mickelson outstanding freshman award and an all-region nod.

The Stars grabbed their fourth consecutive and 23rd overall SAC championship in the SAC Championships on April 23-24 at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City. OCU had seven tournament victories while setting a single-season team mark for scoring average (286.22 per round) this season.

Oklahoma City ran its total to 53 GCAA all-Americans in program history. OCU captured its 11th men’s golf national championship in the NAIA Championships on May 15-18 at TPC Deere Run. The Stars own national championships won in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018.

GCAA NAIA All-America Teams
FIRST TEAM
Alec Dutkowski, Taylor
Jack Dyer, Keiser
Mark David Johnson, Coastal Georgia
Rupert Kaminski, Oklahoma City
Newport Laparojkit, South Carolina Beaufort
SM Lee, Dalton State
Rowan Lester, Texas Wesleyan
David Meyers, Oklahoma City
Alex Rainville, Johnson & Wales (Fla.)
Andrew Williamson, Wayland Baptist

SECOND TEAM
Jake Bauer, Johnson & Wales (Fla.)
Andrew Harrison, British Columbia
Erik Jonasson, Keiser
Ben Kendrick, University of the Cumberlands
Rasmus Lind, Lindsey Wilson
Leo Mathard, Texas Wesleyan
Garrison Mendoza, Oklahoma City
Victor Miron, Texas Wesleyan
Lawren Rowe, Victoria
PJ Shields, Dalton State

THIRD TEAM
Cody Booska, Johnson & Wales (Fla.)
Peri’Don Castille, Oklahoma City
Jack Clarkson, William Woods
Liam Gransden, Keiser
Mike Griffin, Victoria
Lauri Hacklin, Coastal Georgia
Mitch Lamping, Taylor
Josh Miller, Victoria
Josh Miller, Victoria
Colton Murphy, Rocky Mountain
Brian Murtagh, Cardinal Stritch
Mitch Pfingsten, Grand View
Gaston Romero, Oklahoma City
Harrison Stafford, Coastal Georgia
Blake Vise, Holy Cross (Ind.)

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