Men’s college roundup: OCU, RSU, SWOSU, SNU, TU in action

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Verplank leads OCU

IRVING, Texas – Oklahoma City University’s Scott Verplank sat five shots off the pace after one round of the NAIA Contender on Monday at TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas.

Verplank, a senior from Edmond, Okla., registered a 70 on the par-71, 7,166-yard course. The Stars, ranked second in NAIA men’s golf, stood in fifth place with a 300.

Verplank sank six birdies, including four consecutive on the first, second, third and fourth holes of the course. Verplank is playing the tournament as an individual.

Matthew Cheung and Rupert Kaminski led OCU with a 74 each. Cheung, a junior from Brisbane, Australia, and Kaminski, a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa, knocked in two birdies.

The Stars’ Anthony Marchesani and Zac Oliver posted a 76 each. Marchesani, a senior from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, dropped in four birdies, and Oliver, a senior from Checotah, Okla., had two birdies. Jett Johnson carded an 81 with two birdies for OCU.

The tournament was delayed twice due to weather and eventually suspended with teams on the back nine of the second round. Temperatures were around 70 degrees with overcast skies and 13 mph winds.

The next tee time will be 8 a.m. Tuesday in Irving, Texas.

Roberts boosts Southern Nazarene in Arkansas

DANVILLE, Ark. – Zach James, Mason Horner and Marcos Sevilla Suarez each shot par or better in the opening round of the David Falconer Classic, staking Southeastern Oklahoma State to second-place, just one shot off the lead. 

The Savage Storm shot 286 in the first round and are one shot behind Henderson State which carded a 285.
The second round was underway but was suspended due to weather in hopes of finishing it and the entire third round on Tuesday at the par-72 Chamberlyne Country Club in Danville, Ark.
James turned in the team’s best opening round with a 2-under par 70, tied for fifth individually.
He is just one shot ahead of Horner who carded a 1-under 71.  Sevilla was right on his heels with an even-par 72 and is tied for 13th.
Guillermo Retana was the fourth and final score counted in the first round for the Storm as he turned in a one-over 73 and is tied for 22nd.
Southern Nazarene carded a 289 to finish fourth after one round, with Missouri Southern State in fifth with a 292.
Southern Nazarene’s Ryan Roberts is just three shots back of the lead after he shot a 69 in the first round.

Roberts is tied for second with Trevecca Nazarene’s Payton Williams and Arkansas Tech’s Bryce Burke as all three are chasing Henderson State’s Drew Underwood who fired a 6-under par 66 on the par-72 Chamberlyne Country Club Course.

Jacob Prentice and Rhett Bechtel each shot a 74 and are tied for 31st while Cristian Valderrama shot a 77 and is tied for 62nd.

The final two rounds will conclude Tuesday.

Rogers State seventh in Chaps Invitational
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Rogers State men’s golf team closed day one of the Chaps Invitational in seventh place Monday at The Rawls Course posting rounds of 301 and 304.
Alex Marsh carded the low round of the day for the Hillcats with a 1-under-par 71 in the opening round to be in eighth place. The sophomore slipped outside the top 10 at the conclusion of day one and into a tie for 15th shooting a 76 in round two for a 147 total.
Just one stroke behind his teammate, Eric Moore used a consistent day to sit in 21st overall. He fired matching rounds of 2-over-par 74 for a 148 total, tallying the best RSU score in the second round of action.
Aaron Davis posted his two best rounds of the spring season with a 76 in round one and followed it up by recording a 75 in the round two for a 151 total. Playing in just his third collegiate tournament and first of the spring, Owen Bates carded rounds of 80 and 83 for RSU.
Will Lecky rebounded from an opening-round 85 by showing the best improvement for the Hillcats, helping the team score in Monday’s finale shooting a 79.
Devin Jackson of Texas Tech, playing on his home course, leads the tournament by four strokes through two rounds firing a 9-under-par 135. NCAA Division I Lamar is atop the team leaderboard behind rounds of 277 and 288.
The Hillcats close the Chap Invitational with the final round scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday morning on a shotgun start at The Rawls Course.

Tulsa remains last in Auburn Invitational

Opelika, Ala. — The Tulsa men’s golf team is in 18th place after two rounds at the 54-hole Auburn Tiger Invitational. The Golden Hurricane carded a second round total of 396 for a 620 total at the par-72 Grand National Lake Course on Monday.
Freshman Jack Knoesel turned in a three-under par score of 69 today, bettering his first round score by 12 strokes, to place 36th with a 36-hole total of six-over par 150. Fellow freshman Preston Crawford had Tulsa’s second best round of the day with a score of 78 for a 66th place total of 155.
Redshirt freshman Sam Humphreys is in 80th place with a 158 score. Junior Matthew Marquez carded is in 86th place with a two round score of 159, while freshman Marc Kepka in 95th place with a 166 score.
Host Auburn leads the field with a one-over par 577, two shots ahead of second-place Troy (579). Troy’s Luke Moser leads the individual field with a four-under par score of 140.
Final round action takes place on Tuesday.
Team Results
1.       Auburn                      285-292=577
2.       Troy                         290-289=579
3.       Kennesaw State         291-292=583
4.       UNCG                       302-293=593
5.       Kentucky                  294-300=294
T6.     Auburn (B)                299-296=595
T6.     Georgia State             296-299=595
T6.     VCU                          295-300=595
T6.     UNCW                      303-292=595
10.     Mississippi State        294-304=598
11.     Kansas State              303-298=601
12.     Minnesota                 291-312=603
T13.   SE Louisiana             303-305=608
T13.   Ohio State                 303-305=608
15.     Notre Dame              306-305=611
16.     Jacksonville State      307-305=612
17.     South Alabama          303-310=613
18.     Tulsa                         314-306=620
Tulsa Individuals
T36.   Jack Knoesel             81-69=150
T66.   Preston Crawford      77-78=155
T80.   Sam Humphreys        76-82=158
T86.   Matthew Marquez     80-79=159
T95.   Marc Kepka              86-80=166
Top-5 Individuals
1.    Luke Moser, Troy                             71-69=140 (-4)
2.    Ben Schlottman, Auburn                   72-69=141 (-3)
T3. Jake McGlone, UNCG                       70-73=143 (-1)
T3.  Paul Obermann, SE Louisiana            71-72=143 (-1)
T3.  Fredrik Nilehn, Kennesaw State         71-72=143 (-1)
T3.  Matt Gilchrest, Auburn                      68-75=143 (-1)

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