Troutman leads UCO to third-place finish in Broncho Invitational

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (March 21) – Cody Troutman fired a final-round 72 to finish third in the individual race and lead Central Oklahoma to a third-place team finish in the Broncho Invitational by RCB Bank that concluded here Tuesday.

The Bronchos shot a closing 297 at the 7,100-yard, par-72 Gaillardia Country Club to finish the two-day, 54-hole tournament with a 903 total.  Central Missouri won the 17-team event at 875, followed by Henderson State (896), UCO, Texas A&M International (906) and Southwestern Oklahoma (913).

UCO was tied for fifth after Monday’s first round, moved up to third following the second round that was completed early Tuesday after being suspended by darkness late Monday night and went back-and-forth with HSU for second most of the final round before finishing third.

“Congratulations to Central Missouri on a fantastic event,” head coach Josh Fosdick said.  “To watch them dissect the course today convinced me they are the team to beat in the Central Region.

“Our guys fought hard, but it was simply too late.  Cody had a great event and played really well today, especially considering he was battling back spasms all day.  Overall we need to continue to improve and chip away those nagging mistakes that are adding up.  We have lots of hard work ahead.”

Troutman’s final-round 72 led the way for the Bronchos Tuesday, who also got 75s from Eli Armstrong, Wesley Jackson and Nick Pierce and an 84 from Alberto Ruiz-Nava.

Alexander Hughes closed with an even-par 72 to lead four players who competed as individuals for UCO, while Peyton Knell shot 77, Holden Crago 79 and T.J. Eckert 86.

Troutman polished off a three-under-par 69 in the second round with a birdie on the par-5 18th in the only hole he needed to finish before coming back with his finishing 72.

The junior birdied the par-5 third hole to quickly get to one-under in his final round, but followed with a bogey on the par-3 fourth.  Troutman got back to one-under with a birdie on the par-4 eighth hole, offset an 11th-hole bogey with a birdie on the par-5 14th and made three straight pars before finishing with a bogey for his even-par round.

He finished with a two-over-par 218 total in taking third.  Oklahoma State’s Brendon Jelley won medalist honors with a six-under 210 after firing a final-round 66.

Armstrong was one-under through 10 holes before running into some back-nine difficulties in his final round, Jackson highlighted his 75 with an eagle on the par-5 third hole and Piece had four birdies in an up-and-down round.

UCO returns to action April 3-4 at the Patriot Invitational in Dallas, Texas.

Southwestern Oklahoma State finished fifth after shooting its lowest round. The Bulldogs totaled a 316 in round one, but shot 300 then a 297 Monday, led by Marques Gomez’s team low 71.

Stefan Idstam led the way for the Dawgs, carding scores of 80-74-72 to finish 16th overall. Gomez finished one shot back tied for 26th.

SWOSU’s third best golfer at the UCO Classic was Kason Cook, who shot 230 and was 35th overall. Joby Gray carded a 233 for the event and Seth Overstreet 252. Ole Hatlelid, playing as an individual for the Bulldogs, finished 45th after shooting 16 over.

The fifth place finish marks the best finish SWOSU has had this spring season, after finishing seventh in both the Dave Falconer and Rattler Invitationals. The Dawgs will compete again in Pensacola, Florida on April 3-4 at the Argonaut Invitational for the final event before the GAC Championships in Hot Springs, Ark. at the end of the month.

Southern Nazarene shot 918 and finished sixth. The Storm had a strong performance from Preston Lovett, who shot a final round 75, as he finished in a tie for 16th place with his 226 total. Two strokes behind Lovett was Rhett Bechtel, who carded a 77, as he finished in a tie for 27th.  Dylan Igo finished tied for 45th with his 232 total, and Ondrej Melichar finished tied for 60th with a 235 total. Jacob Prentice rounded out the SNU five with a 241 total, placing him in a tie for 79th.

Oklahoma Christian rose two spots into a tie for 12th. The Eagles posted their best team score of the golf tournament, a 301, to close at 934 – tied with their final-round playing partners, Winona State (Minn.) and Southwest Baptist (Mo.). Central Missouri won the 17-team event with a three-round score of 875.

OC’s top individual finisher was sophomore Ryan Trousdale of Norman. In an up-and-down round, Trousdale recorded five birdies – including three in the first six holes of his round – but also had seven bogeys and one double bogey, the latter after his tee shot on No. 18 landed in an evergreen tree and became stuck in the branches, forcing him to take a drop and a penalty stroke.

Trousdale tied for 23rd overall in the 102-man field at 227 after the final-round 76.

Sophomore Juan Pallach posted OC’s best round of the tournament on the 7,152-yard course, a 1-under-par 71 that also included five birdies. Pallach rose in the standings into a tie for 45th at 232.

OC freshman Michael Robinson shot a final-round 78 and tied for 77th at 240. Sophomore Ethan Smith, like Trousdale, shot a 76 and finished at 242, tied for 84th, while sophomore Grady Neal‘s 83 left him at 249, tied for 96th.

Two Eagles played as individuals in the event. Junior Eric Hill posted a final-round 81 and tied for 79th at 241, while junior Chris Karlovich shot a 76 – his best round of the tournament – and finished 94th at 247.

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