UCO shares lead in Newman Fall Invitational

Photo: Cameron Brown was tied for sixth after the opening day of the Newman Fall Invitational.

WICHITA, Kan. (Oct. 2) – Nick Pierce’s birdie barrage has him atop the individual standings and gave Central Oklahoma a share of the team lead after first-day play in the Newman Fall Invitational here Monday.

Pierce is at three-under-par 141 after making a tournament-best 12 birdies in shooting 73-68 at the par-72 Crestview Country Club North Course. The Bronchos had rounds of 300-302 for a 602 total and share the lead with Southeastern Oklahoma.

Rogers State is just a stroke back in third, while Arkansas-Fort Smith is fourth in the 11-team field at 610. Final-round play begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Eli Armstrong was next for UCO at 75-73=148, while Wesley Jackson shot 73-83=156, Holden Crago 79-79=158 and Alexander Hughes 79-82=161.

Pierce was five-under on the par-4s and two-under on the par-5s in establishing a three-shot lead. Armstrong was three-under on the par-5s and stands fifth in the medalist standings.

It’s the third tournament of the fall campaign for the Bronchos, who won the NSU Classic two weeks ago in their last outing after finishing runner-up in the season-opening tournament.

Rogers State sits in third place after two rounds of the Newman Fall Invitational on Monday (Oct. 2) at Crestview CC on a breezy day with 30 mph winds. RSU’s Luke Palmowski and Peter Cummins rank in the top six after 36 holes.

The Hillcats shot a first-round-best score of 298 to hold the lead after the morning’s opening round. RSU fired a 305 in the second round to slide back slightly to third with a score of 603. The Cats are only one shot back from first with Southeastern Oklahoma State and Central Oklahoma at 602.

Palmowski paces the Cats in a tie for third at 1-over-par 145 for 36 holes. Also currently in the top 10 is freshman Peter Cummins. The Lurgon, Northern Ireland native posted a two-round score of 7-over-par 151 to tie for sixth after day one. Freshman Aiden Gavey ranks just inside the top 20 at 19th overall at 10-over-par 154 after two rounds.  After an 81 in the first round, senior Alex Marsh bounced back with a 75 and is 26th at 156.

A rough second round on Monday has left Oklahoma Christian with some work to do if the Eagles want to move up in the Newman Fall Invitational.

Battling 30 mph wind the entire day, the Eagles posted team scores of 303 and 311 at Crestview Country Club, with their overall 614 score leaving them tied for fifth in the 11-team field.

OC has finished in the top two in its first two tournaments of the fall season, but will enter Tuesday’s final round 11 shots behind third-place Rogers State and 12 shots behind the co-leaders, Central Oklahoma and Southeastern Oklahoma State.

The Eagles did have two players in the top 10, as juniors Cameron Brown (74-77) and Juan Pallach (77-74) were tied for sixth in the 65-man field at 151, 10 shots behind the individual leader, UCO’s Nick Pierce.

OC junior Garrett White (73-83—156) was tied for 26th, with freshman Andres Brictson (79-79—158) tied for 35th and freshman Pablo Duster (83-81—164) in 55th place. Duster did record one of five eagles posted by the field on Monday.

The Eagles did have the top individual on the first day in junior Ethan Smith, who shot rounds of 75 and 77 and was at 152, tied for 12th. He led the field with 27 pars over his first 36 holes.

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