James nabs fourth title as Southeastern, UCO tie for second

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Zach James picked up his fourth individual title of the season after besting Lindenwood’s Markus Lindgren on the second hole of a playoff and helping to lift the Savage Storm to a tie for second-place at the Lindenwood Invitational at Missouri Bluffs in St. Charles, Mo.

SEOSU shot a three-round score of 876, finishing tied with Central Oklahoma for second while both schools were seven shots off the top score posted by the host Lindenwood.

The teams finished 12 shots ahead of Central Missouri in fourth while Winona State was fifth 15 shots back. The tournament featured 20 teams and a total of 104 players.

James carded an opening round 71 and followed with a 72 on his second trip through the course.  He bounced back on day two, matching the tourney’s low round with a 68 to tie for first with a 211 and force a playoff.

In the playoff, both players would par the first hole before James would birdie the second hole for the victory.

Hayden Foster added a top-10 finish to his resume, posting a 71 on the first trip around before following up with a 73 and a 75 to card a 219 for the week and finish tied for ninth. Jordan Holifield was next in with a three-round tally of 225 after carding rounds of 76, 72, and 77 to finish tied for 27th.

Bryce Hughes opened the week with a 73 and added a second-round 76 before finishing his event with a 77 and posting a 226 for the week to finish tied for 31st.

For UCO, Blake Murray and Joe Lemieux fired even-par 71s in the final round. The Bronchos had the low score of the day at the 7,047-yard, par-71 Missouri Bluffs Golf Club, closing with a 3-over 287 to finish the two-day, 54-hole tournament with an 876 total in securing their best finish of the year.

Cody Troutman added a 72 for UCO, while Alexander Hughes shot 73 and Jacob Lackey 76.

The Bronchos had three individuals finish in the top 15, with Hughes tying for seventh with a 218 total while Lemieux tied for ninth at 219 and Murray tied for 12th at 220.

Central returns to action next Monday and Tuesday, going to Miami, Fla. for the Battle for the Shores.

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