SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Russ Purser fired a 2-under-par 70 to seize the individual lead and put Central Oklahoma atop the team standings after first-day play in the San Antonio Shootout here Monday.
The Bronchos had a 300 total at the 7,106-yard, par-72 TPC Canyons Course, good for a seven-shot lead over Oklahoma Christian. Southern Nazarene is third in the 13-team event at 311, followed by Midwestern State and Dallas Baptist at 314. Rogers State is in eighth place.
Final-round play begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the par-72 TPC Oaks Course.
Purser’s sizzling 68 has him three strokes clear of the field in the individual standings, with DBU’s Josh Aguilar second at 71.
Logan Gray had a 76 for UCO, while Eli Armstrong shot 77, Eric Kline 79 and Cody Troutman 82. Three players competed as individuals, with Wesley Jackson shooting 79, Cody Shore 82 and Alberto Nava 86.
Led by a pair of freshmen, Oklahoma Christian posted a team score of 307 and trails UCO by seven shots.
OC’s "B" team fared well, too, finishing the day in a tie for ninth place in the 13-team field at 318, and the Eagles’ lone individual player, senior Kevin Workman, was in a contention for a high finish after shooting a 2-over-par 74 on the 7,002-yard layout.
Workman and teammate Juan Pallach, who also posted a 74, were tied for fifth, six shots behind Purser. The tournament will shift to TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course for Tuesday’s final round.
Pallach and fellow freshman Manuel Hernandez paced OC’s "A" squad, with Hernandez firing a 76 to put himself in a tie for 12th in the 78-man field. OC’s top player during the fall season, sophomore Zac Schaefer, shot a 78 and was tied for 22nd, while reigning Heartland Conference player of the year Sam Johnston was tied for 27th at 79. Freshman Alejandro Valenzuela posted an 83 and was tied for 59th.
As for the Eagles’ "B" team, Ethan Smith and Chris Karlovich led the way, with each shooting a 79. Casey Rebmann and Ty Tamura (making his tournament debut for OC) both shot 80 and were tied for 39th, while freshman Ryan Trousdale’s 82 left him tied for 50th.
The "B" team was just two shots behind Rogers State, last year’s unofficial Heartland champion.
Dylan Igo shot 74 to lift SNU into third place. Igo is tied for fifth individually.
The Crimson Storm have two in the top 20 as Ryan Roberts fired a 77 and is tied for 17th. Jacob Prentice is tied for 27th after shooting a 79 and Rhett Bechtel is tied for 48th after shooting an 81. Cristian Valderrama rounded out the top five for the Storm as he shot an 85 and is tied for 72nd.
Rogers State opened the spring slate at 316 and is in eighth place.
Alex Marsh made four birdies on his way to a 4-over-par 76, tying for 12th overall. Eric Moore is two shots back of Marsh in 22nd place after a 78. Ewen Delample shot 79 and junior Will Lecky 83.
See complete results here.