Kaminski powers OCU to three-shot win in The Mid-South

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NEWTON, Kan. – Rupert Kaminski turned in an impressive second round that helped give top-ranked Oklahoma City University a three-stroke victory in The Mid-South on Tuesday at Sand Creek Station Golf Club.

Kaminski, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa, shot a 69-70–139 to finish tied for fourth for OCU, ranked No. 1 in NAIA men’s golf. His 5-under-par score was just four strokes back of the individual winner Alex Rainville of Johnson & Wales (Fla.). Kaminski ended the tournament with nine birdies on the par-72, 6,785-yard course.

Oklahoma City shot a 281-287–568, 8 strokes under par. The Stars beat out a field that included seven top 25-ranked teams – No. 1 OCU, fourth-ranked defending national champion Grand View (Iowa), No. 5 Johnson & Wales (Fla.), sixth-rated William Woods (Mo.), seventh-ranked Wayland Baptist, 12th-ranked Northwestern Ohio and 18th-ranked Mount Mercy (Iowa).

Garrison Mendoza and Peri’Don Castille, the individual leader after round one, both posted sixth-place finishes. Mendoza, a senior from Clinton, Okla., turned in 69-72–141 and holed six birdies. Castille, a sophomore from Dallas, shot a 68-73–141 and tallied nine birdies.

David Meyers, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, had four birdies on his way to a 75-72–147 to end tied for 17th. Chris Winkel, a freshman from Ankeny, Iowa, who played the tournament unattached, also finished tied for 17th with a 71-76–147.

Other Stars competing were Gaston Romero and Niccolo Nespoli. Romero, a freshman from Argentia, produced three birdies to end tied for 39th (79-74–153). Nespoli played unattached and finished tied for 30th (80-71–151) with four birdies.

The tournament was reduced to 36 holes from the planned 54 holes after rain in the area forced Monday’s play to stop short.

OCU returns to action Oct. 2-3 in the South Carolina Beaufort Sand Shark Innisbrook Invitational at the Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.


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