Jackson, Armstrong lift UCO to second place finish at The Mule

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Photo:UCO senior Wesley Jackson shot a final round 68 to move up to 10th place at The Mule, leading the Bronchos to a second-place finish in the event. [UCO Photo Services]

WARRENSBURG, Mo. – A pair of stellar performances Tuesday from seniors Wesley Jackson and Eli Armstrong moved the University of Central Oklahoma men’s golf team up the leaderboard to a second-place showing at The Mule, hosted by Central Missouri at Mules National Golf Club.

Jackson fired a third-round 2-under 68 to move up in the individual standings. Armstrong was 2-under through 17 before finishing even-par. The duo both shot a final 215 to tie for 10th place in the tournament.


“Those two played really well,” UCO head men’s golf coach Josh Fosdick said. “They went out and proved that they are ready to be the senior leaders they need to be and they are doing what they can to win some tournaments. We do still have to play better in all three rounds, but this was a good start.”

Jackson shot 74-73-68 to reach his 215. Armstrong’s scorecard went 73-72-70.

Nick Pierce finished the first round tied with Armstrong, and finished the first day slightly ahead after shooting a 73-70 Monday. He finished Tuesday with a 76, a 219 total for the tournament and a 17th-place showing.

Alexander Hughes ended the first tournament of the season tied for 29th after shooting 76-73-73. And Jacob Lackey finished his first career tourney tied for 60th after shooting a 82-82-81.

The season-opening showcase served as the first MIAA designated event, giving points to the league teams and individuals based on finishes. Though the Bronchos finished second overall to Arkansas Tech, Central was the highest finishing MIAA school, gaining 11 team points in the league standings for the current two-time defending league champs.

UCO is back on the course next week, playing in the NSU Classic at the Muskogee Country Club in eastern Oklahoma.

SWOSU placed 10th, led by Kason Cook, who shot 71 in the final round. Ole Hatlelid and Conner Kaufman shot 73 and 74 respectively – both of which were low rounds for them in the tournament.

The men will be back on the course Monday, Sept. 18 at the NSU Classic in Tahlequah, Okla. for another two-day event.


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