OC Eagles draw top seed in Super Regional, RSU’s Palmowski in as individual

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 23, 2021) – Oklahoma Christian will be the No. 1 seed out of the South Central Region for the NCAA Division II South Central-West Super Regional, the NCAA announced Friday.

The Eagles will join 15 other teams and six individuals at the tournament, which will begin May 6-8 at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., near Seattle. The Super Regional is the first step of the Division II postseason.

OC earned an automatic bid to the Super Regional by winning the Lone Star Conference title earlier this week at Tierra Verde Golf Club in Arlington, Texas. The Eagles’ starting lineup in that tournament included senior Trevor Norby, juniors Andres Brictson and Alex Motes, sophomore Alejandro Armijo and freshman Mateo Pulcini.

“Qualifying for the postseason is at the top of our list every season,” OC coach David Lynn said. “Our guys have worked very hard for this since March of 2020 when COVID-19 hit and canceled our season. We cannot wait to get to Seattle and try to win a regional championship.”

The top four teams from each of four Super Regionals, and the top individual not with a team from each Super Regional, will advance to the NCAA Division II Championship tournament, set for May 17-21 at The Champion Course at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

OC last qualified for the national event in 2016. The Eagles qualified for the Super Regional that year and also in 2018 and 2019. Last year’s NCAA golf postseason was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s likely the Eagles would have made the field, as they were ranked No. 1 in the South Central Region when the season ended.

This season, the Eagles have won five tournaments, finished second in two others and posted an 83-5-2 record against Division II competition. Only one Division II team (Central Missouri) has beaten the Eagles since the start of October.

The other seven teams in the Super Regional field from the South Central Region (in seed order) were Colorado State-Pueblo (the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion), Midwestern State (Texas), Texas A&M-Commerce, Dallas Baptist (Texas), St. Mary’s (Texas), Colorado Mesa and Western New Mexico. All but the Colorado schools are LSC members.

The West Region teams in the field will be (in seed order) Sonoma State (Calif.), Western Washington, Pacific West Conference champion Academy of Art (Calif.), California State-East Bay, Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion Saint Martin’s (Wash.), Holy Names (Calif.), Montana State-Billings and Northwest Nazarene (Idaho).

The six individual qualifiers were Parker Holekamp of Texas A&M International, Collin Bordeaux of Regis (Colo.), Darren Edwards of Fort Lewis (Colo.), Keita Okada of Hawaii Pacific, Matt Fry of Dominican (Calif.) and Dustin Franko of Hawaii-Hilo.

Rogers State junior Luke Palmowski was selected as an individual to compete at the 2021 NCAA Central/Midwest Super Regional Championships to be held at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Missouri on May 6-8, announced the NCAA on Friday.

Palmowski is one of three individuals selected from the central region, whose team did not receive selection for the event, along with a pair of golfers from Southern Arkansas.

The Rotherham, England native is coming off of an individual title in the 2021 MIAA Men’s Golf Championships on Monday and Tuesday, after winning the event by seven shots at the Shangri La Resort.

Palmowski has won two-straight events to enter the NCAA postseason, as he also won the NSU Golf Classic in the final tournament of the regular season.

On the season, Palmowski never finished worse than seventh, recording six top fives in seven events with two victories and two runner-up performances.

At the Central/Midwest Regional Preview at Shoal Creek earlier this season, Palmoswki finished seventh overall in a 36-hole event, shooting +4 in an event that featured a wind chill of 36 degrees and northwesterly winds of 20 mph with gusts in the 30s.

The NCAA Regional Championship event with be a 54-hole tournament with the top four teams from each super regional and the top individual not with a team from each super regional will advance to the finals May 17-21 at PGA National Resort; The Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.


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