Meyers, Oklahoma City University prevail in Battle at the Primm

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Photo: No. 1-ranked OCU posted the finest 54-hole score in school history.

PRIMM, Nev. – David Meyers of top-ranked Oklahoma City University posted a final-round score of 65 to secure the individual crown in the Battle at the Primm at Primm Valley Golf Club on Tuesday afternoon and give OCU its fifth team victory of the season.

Meyers, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, finished the tournament with a 67-63-65–195, one stroke ahead of second-place finisher Andrew Williamson of Wayland Baptist (Texas). Oklahoma City, ranked No. 1 in NAIA men’s golf, turned in a team score of 273-263-275–811 on the par-70, 6,841-yard course for first place.

Meyers equaled OCU’s low 54-hole tournament total set by Rupert Kaminski. Kaminski posted a 67-63-65–195 in the 2016 Sooner Athletic Conference Championships at Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas. OCU set the program record for low round with its second-round score, topping the Stars’ 265 in the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational on April 7, 2014 at John Conrad Golf Course in Midwest City, Okla. The Stars posted a program-best low 54-hole team score, surpassing the 277-272-273–822 in the U.C. Ferguson Classic on Sept. 6-7, 2016 at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

Sophomore David Meyers from Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Stars beat out 10 teams ranked in the NAIA top 25, including No. 2 Dalton State (Ga.) and No. 3 Texas Wesleyan. OCU finished 13 shots ahead of 10th-ranked Wayland Baptist.

Kaminski and Peri’Don Castille finished tied for sixth. Castille, a sophomore from Dallas, shot a 67-67-71–205 and Kaminski, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa, had a 69-65-71–205. The two Stars were one stroke shy of finishing in the top five.

Also turning in a top-10 finish for Oklahoma City was Garrison Mendoza. Mendoza, a senior from Clinton, Okla., posted a 70-68-69–207 to the end tournament tied for 10th. Gaston Romero, a freshman from Cordoba, Argentina, finished tied for 33rd with a final score of 70-74-70–214.

Chris Winkel, a freshman from Ankeny, Iowa, competed as an individual for OCU and shot a 72-72-79–223.
Temperatures began in the low 50s but rose to the mid-60s as the day carried on. There were mostly clear skies with wind reaching up to 7 mph with no heavy gusts.

Oklahoma City competes next April 9-10 at the Dalton State Roadrunner Classic in Rocky Face, Ga.


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