MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. – The University of Central Oklahoma men’s golf team won the Missouri Southern State Invitational Tuesday at Shangri-La Golf Club.
It’s the first win of the season for the Bronchos, who finished with a three-round score of 860, and the first win under new head coach Josh Fosdick.
"I’m proud of these guys for putting together a strong performance over all three rounds," Fosdick said. "I’m also really proud of Alberto (Ruiz-Nava) for getting the individual title. He played a great tournament."
Ruiz-Nava took first-place individually after shooting a three-round score of 209. Ruiz-Nava was in first heading into Tuesday’s final round. He shot a 71 and a 69 on Monday in the first two rounds, and closed with another 69 to win the tournament.
His Broncho teammates weren’t far behind.
Cody Troutman tied for fourth with a 213. Troutman shot rounds of 73, 68, and 73. Eli Armstrong tied for seventh with rounds of 74, 70, and 72 to finish at 216.
Nick Pierce finished tied for 15th. The freshman shot rounds of 76, 70, and 75. And Wesley Jackson’s 76-75-75 gave him a 29th place finish.
The Oklahoma Christian Eagles weren’t quite able to catch their cross-Edmond rival and finished second.
OC, ranked No. 18 in the preseason NCAA Division II coaches’ poll, posted a final-round team score of 293 and finished the three-round tournament in second place at 869, nine shots behind No. 15-ranked UCO.
The Eagles also produced the tournament runner-up in sophomore Alejandro Valenzuela, whose even-par 72 left him at 4-under 212, three shots behind UCO’s Alberto Ruiz Nava, who closed with a 69. Valenzuela’s 4-under finish was the best of his college career by three shots and the second-place tournament showing also was his highest at OC.
OC junior Zac Schaefer tied for fourth in the 71-man field at 2-under 214 after a final-round 73 on the 6,870-yard layout at Shangri-La. The Eagles had two other top-20 individual finishers as well – sophomore Manuel Hernandez tied for 15th at 221 after shooting 72 on Tuesday and sophomore Juan Pallach tied for 10th at 222 after a final-round 76.
Freshman Michael Robinson, playing in his first collegiate tournament, tied for 48th at 235 after firing an 81.
Southern Nazarene closed in fourth place. The Crimson Storm finished the tournament with an 877 team score and had three players finish inside the top 15.
Dylan Igo made quite a move up the leaderboard Tuesday, as the junior shot a 3-under 69 to move from 24th place entering the day to a tie for 10th. Igo finished the tournament with a 218 total. Just one shot behind Igo was Ondrej Melichar, who carded a final round 75 to finish in 12th place at 219. Rhett Bechtel also concluded his tournament with a final round 75, placing him in a tie for 15th at 221. Ryan Roberts ended with a 75 and Preston Lovett ended with a 74, positioning the pair in a tie for 22nd and 29th respectively.
The Rogers State men’s golf team finished ninth, shooting a final round score of 307. Hagen Barmasse placed in the top 10 as he finished in ninth at 1-over-par 217 for his three rounds. Barmasse, a redshirt senior from Houston, Texas, shot 69-75-73.
Patrick Bart and Alex Marsh finished 36th and 38th, respectively, with one shot separating the two Hillcats. Bart ended with a 7-over-par 79 in today’s final round for a three-round total of 12-over-par 228. He shot scores of 72 and 77 on the first day. Marsh, who was playing in his first event this season, closed with a 78 after scores of 80-71 for a 229.
Senior Eric Moore shot 238 and newcomer Jacob Baird 250.