Kaminski leads OCU to second at Southern Plains Intercollegiate at Gaillardia

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Photo: Rupert Kaminski recorded his 16th top-five finish for OCU.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rupert Kaminski paced top-ranked Oklahoma City University with a top-five finish in the Southern Plains Intercollegiate on Tuesday at Gaillardia Country Club.

Kaminski, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa, finished tied for fifth for the Stars. OCU, ranked No. 1 in NAIA men’s golf, took runner-up in the tournament.

Individually, Kaminski finished 11 strokes behind tournament winner Rowan Lester to lead third-ranked Texas Wesleyan to the team crown. Kaminski posted an 80-74-70–224 while leading the field with 13 birdies.

Oklahoma City notched a 314-299-291–904 on the par-72, 7,060-yard course. The Stars rallied from fourth place after the first round.

OCU’s Garrison Mendoza turned in a 76-76-73–225. Mendoza, a senior from Clinton, Okla., tied for eighth place while making par on 33 of the 54 holes. David Meyers carded an 82-76-72–230, good for a tie for 12th. Meyers, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, knocked in seven birdies.

Gaston Romero, a freshman from Gordova, Argentina, contributed a 76-79-76–231. Romero, who tied for 15th, made seven birdies. Niccolo Nespoli, a junior from Milan, Italy, supplied the Stars with an 84-73-82–239.

OCU individuals were Peri’Don Castille (86-84-78–248) and Chris Winkel (93-82-76–251).

The tournament teed off an hour behind schedule due to frost on the course. Temperatures remained in the 40s with overcast skies and wind blowing less than 10 mph. Sleet fell briefly on the course at mid-day.

The Stars completed the fall season with three wins in four tournaments. OCU hosts the sixth annual Champions Cup four-person shamble at Gaillardia Country Club at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Sign up by calling Kyle Blaser at (405) 213-6003 or Jim Abbott at (405) 208-5301 or go here.

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