Eagles rally, Norby takes second in Las Vegas Desert Classic, NSU 10th

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Photo: OC senior Trevor Norby rallied for a second-place individual finish in the Las Vegas Desert Classic.

Final Results

LAS VEGAS (March 3, 2020) – Oklahoma Christian and Trevor Norby both made strong runs up the leaderboard to finish third and second, respectively, in the Las Vegas Desert Classic, which ended Tuesday at Royal Links Golf Club’s Links Replica Course.

No. 6-ranked OC – one of six ranked teams in the 20-team field – started the day fifth and actually caught the second-round leader, No. 10 St. Mary’s (Texas). But the Eagles moved up only two spots to third place despite posting the best round by any team in the tournament, a 1-under-par 287 that gave them a three-round score of 890.

No. 8 Arkansas Tech won the tournament with a score of 887 after a final-day 288, with the Wonder Boys edging Colorado State-Pueblo by one shot and OC by three. St. Mary’s was fourth at 891. Among the teams OC did beat were No. 4 West Florida, No. 16 Colorado School of Mines and No. 23 California-San Diego, which had beaten the Eagles last month at a tournament in suburban San Diego.

OC has finished in the top three in all six tournaments it’s played against NCAA Division II competition during the 2019-20 season, with three wins and two runner-up showing.

Norby, a senior from Carlsbad, Calif., began the day tied for eighth in the 104-man field, but he had four birdies and an eagle (on the par-5 No. 18) to steadily move up. His 3-under-par 69 on the 6,292-yard course gave him an overall score of even-par 216. That was two shots behind his Lone Star Conference rival, Emilio Gonzalez of St. Mary’s, who had three birdies and an eagle while also shooting 69. Gonzalez closed at 2-under for the tournament.

Junior Alex Motes tied for 18th at 224 after posting a final-round 72 that included four birdies. Sophomore Alejandro Armijo (227, tied for 27th) and junior Andres Brictson (228, tied for 32nd) each shot a 73, with Brictson recording four birdies.

Freshman Mateo Pulcini had a roller-coaster round, posting six birdies, six bogeys and two double bogeys for the Eagles. He finished with a 76 and tied for 41st at 230.

OC’s next tournament will be considerably closer to home, as the Eagles will play in Central Oklahoma’s Broncho Invitational at Oak Tree Country Club’s East Course in Edmond, Okla., on March 16-17.

Northeastern State finished the day where it started, in tenth place. Of the teams ahead of them in the field, all but one was in the top-40 nationally.

“We competed and almost caught a top-five team in West Florida,” said head coach Scott Varner.  “It was a power-packed nationally ranked field with teams from California and Florida.  We had a decent performance, and we played under some challenging conditions that led to some higher scoring.”

Sophomore Carlos Gomez was a stroke back of a top-10 spot and shot a 221 (74-74-73) beating 13 players that had a national ranking.  Gomez, who finished tied for 11th, was tied for the best scoring average on par-5s and landed an eagle on the opening day.

Ty Shelnutt came in tied for 27th on the leaderboard on a 227 (78-75-74) and had the team’s second-lowest score on Tuesday.   Dustin Anderson matched Shelnutt’s final round score to rally back from an 83 on Monday.  He would finish tied for 48th overall with a 231.Casey Paul was a stroke back of Anderson with a 232 (81-78-75) and was tied for 54th.  Grant Hynes rounded the NSU group with a 241 (84-80-77).

After playing back-to-back weeks, NSU will be off until March 23-24 where they will travel to Branson for a tournament.

1 Arkansas Tech 306 293 288 887 +23
2 Colorado State – Pueblo 296 304 288 888 +24
3 Oklahoma Christian U 303 300 287 890 +26 
4 St. Mary’s (TX) 299 291 301 891 +27
5 Colorado School of Mines 311 295 291 897 +33
6 St. Edward’s  302 304 293 899 +35
7 Missouri – St. Louis 302 303 296 901 +37
8 West Florida 305 304 295 904 +40
9 Regis  300 300 306 906 +42
10 Northeastern State 307 305 296 908 +44 
T11 UC San Diego 322 303 291 916 +52
T11 Colorado Mesa  318 303 295 916 +52
T13 Lindenwood Univ. 311 309 297 917 +53
T13 Washburn  306 306 305 917 +53
15 Webster 318 302 302 922 +58
16 Colorado – CO Springs 319 308 300 927 +63
17 CSU-Dominguez Hills 314 312 302 928 +64
18 Hawaii Pacific 315 323 300 938 +74
19 Texas @ Tyler 324 315 303 942 +78
20 William Jewell Coll. 322 337 310 969 +105


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