OC takes team title, SWOSU’s Cook is medalist in rain-shortened tourney at Shangri-La

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MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. (Sept. 24, 2019) – Severe storms wiped out the final round of the Missouri Southern Fall Invitational on Tuesday at Shangri-La Golf Club, leaving second-round leader Oklahoma Christian as the tournament champion for a second straight year. Kason Cook of Southwestern Oklahoma State was the individual winner.

No. 15-ranked OC posted team rounds of 279 and 285 on Monday and the Eagles’ overall score of 564 was four shots better than the runner-up, Central Oklahoma. Washburn (Kan.) and Northeastern State tied for third in the 19-team field at 578.

It was the second win this fall for the Eagles, who also won the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational at Tascosa Golf Club in Amarillo, Texas, two weeks ago. OC now had won 67 tournaments since the men’s golf program was revived in 1997.

OC’s top individual finisher was junior Andres Brictson of Merida, Mexico. Originally listed as tied for ninth after Monday’s play with rounds of 66 and 76, a data entry error detected Tuesday lowered his posted second-round score to 74, putting him at 140 (4-under-par) for the tournament, tied for third.

It was his fourth career top-five finish and his 6-under 66 was the lowest round by any of the tournament’s 108 players on the 6,840-yard course.

Three Eagles tied for sixth place at 141 – sophomore Alejandro Armijo (72-69), freshman Mateo Pulcini (69-72) and freshman Said Powers (68-73). Powers played the tournament as an individual and posted his second top-10 finish in as many collegiate tournaments, having tied for third in the Great American Conference Preview two weeks ago at Lake Hefner Golf Club’s North Course in Oklahoma City.

Finishing tied for 19th at 144 (even par) was freshman Ransen Turner (73-71), while senior Trevor Norby tied for 25th at 145 after rounds of 72 and 73. Another OC freshman playing as an individual, Walker LaRue, shot 74-77—151 and tied for 62nd.

SWOSU’s  senior Cook picked up his first collegiate victory after rounds of 70-66 for an 8-under total of 136, two shots better than Jacob Lackey of Central Oklahoma. This is the first career individual victory for Cook, who was coming off an All-Tournament Team performance at the NSU Classic after he tied for third place.

Heston Brown was the Bulldogs second finisher at the tournament, placing in 19th place after shooting two rounds of even-par 72.

UCO’s Jacob Lackey took second place individually while leading his team to a runnerup finish as well.

UCO was 8-under par after two rounds of play Monday before Tuesday’s third round was called off. The Bronchos shot a 282 in the first round before a second-round 286.

Lackey shot rounds of 70 and 68 Monday to find his way to second place. Lackey overcame three bogeys and a double bogey in the first round with five birdies and an eagle to open the tournament with a 2-under 70. The junior came back in the afternoon with five birdies and a bogey in firing his 68.

Blake Murray joined him with a top-10 finish, coming in 10th after a combined 142 (69-73). Murray made six birdies, including three in a row during one stretch, in starting his day with a three-under 69 and followed with a steady 73 in the second round.

Yannic Oppenheimer had rounds of 70-74, Evan Pennington shot 75-71 and Joe Lemieux 73-84 for the Bronchos, with Peyton Knell shooting 78-72 playing as an individual.

The Northeastern State RiverHawks  tied for third place at 578 (290-288). Jax Johnson and Carlos Gomez were tied for 15th each shooting 1-under-par 143. Casey Paul tied for 39th carding a 4-over-par 148 (75-73), Ty Shelnutt (77-72) and Hunter Pennington (72-77) finished tied for 45th.


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