Photo: OC’s men’s golf team poses with the tournament’s namesake (white shirt) after winning the Jerry Hrnciar Invitational on Tuesday.
DUNCAN, Okla. (Oct. 22, 2019) – It’s become a familiar site at The Territory Golf Club this time of year: golfers stream off the course at the end of the Jerry Hrnciar Invitational, look at the scoreboard and see Oklahoma Christian on top.
For the third straight year, the Eagles – ranked seventh in NCAA Division II – won the fall tournament hosted by Cameron at the southern Oklahoma course, pulling away on Tuesday for an 11-shot win over No. 9 St. Mary’s (Texas), with No. 4 Arkansas Tech and No. 21 Midwestern State (Texas) another five shots behind.
OC finished perfect against Division II competition this fall, winning the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational at Tascosa Country Club in Amarillo, Texas, and the Missouri Southern Fall Invitational at Monkey Island before winning at The Territory. The only blemish on the Eagles’ list of results was an eighth-place finish in a Division I tournament in which OC was the only Division II team in the field.
Also Tuesday, the Eagles picked up their second individual win of the fall as senior Trevor Norby rallied with a 3-under-par 69 (matching the low round of the day) on the 7,110-yard prairie layout to close at 3-under 141. Norby edged five golfers who tied for second at 142 – Emilio Gonzalez of St. Mary’s, Jake Doggett of Midwestern State, Logan Durst of Cameron, Parker Holekamp of Texas A&M International and Kolton Baber of Midwestern State.
It was the third win of Norby’s collegiate career and he joined teammate Andres Brictson as individual winners for the Eagles this fall. Brictson took top honors in the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational. Norby, a senior from Carlsbad, Calif., is the 10th player in OC history to post as many as three individual tournament wins.
With three players in the top 10 and all five starters finishing the top 20 in the 100-man field, OC posted a final-round team score of 284 (4-under) to finish the tournament at 571 (5-under). The Eagles, who began the day with just a three-shot lead over St. Mary’s, had the only two under-par team rounds among the 17 teams in the tournament.
The team win was the 68th in the history of OC’s golf program. It’s the first time the Eagles have won the same tournament three straight years since taking Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Texoma Championship in fall 2010, 2011 and 2012 at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club in Kingston.
Two shots behind Norby, tied for seventh, was sophomore Alejandro Armijo of Rio Rancho, N.M., who shot a 2-under 70 on Tuesday to close at 1-under 143. At even par 144 for the tournament, tied for ninth, was Brictson, a junior from Merida, Mexico, who fired a 73.
Among players competing as individuals, the Eagles had the top two finishers behind Baber. Freshman Mateo Pulcini of Rio Cuarto, Argentina, tied for 49th at 153 after posting a 78 in the final round, while freshman Ransen Turner of Edmond, who had a 77, tied for 54th at 154.
The Eagles will return to action in February. The team’s spring schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.