OCU finishes sixth in NAIA Men’s Golf Championship

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SILVIS, Ill. – Rupert Kaminski from Oklahoma City University collected all-tournament honors for the second consecutive year in the NAIA men’s golf championships Friday at TPC Deere Run.

Top-ranked Oklahoma City took sixth place as a team with a 306-312-290-314–1,222. Kaminski, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, finished 12th place individually.

Kaminski produced a 71-77-73-78–299 to pace the Stars. He had eight birdies. Kaminski picked up an all-tournament nod by finishing among the top 15 individuals.

Matthew Cheung secured a top-20 finish with a 78-79-71-75–303. Cheung, a senior from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, tied for 19th place and sank 12 birdies. Cheung dropped in birdies on the par-5, 540-yard second hole, par-4, 450-yard 15th hole and par-4, 428-yard 18th Friday.

OCU’s David Meyers posted a 74-79-76-80–309 to finish 37th. Meyers, a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa, pounded in nine birdies during the tournament. Meyers knocked in birdies on the par-4, 377-yard eighth hole and the par-4, 300-yard 14th hole.

Peri’Don Castille from the Stars forged an 83-77-72-87–319. Castille, a freshman from Dallas, nailed his seventh birdie of the week on No. 14 in the last round.

Garrison Mendoza carded an 84-85-74-81–324 for OCU. Mendoza, a junior from Clinton, Okla., hammered his sixth birdie of the tournament on the par-3, 140-yard 16th hole Friday.

Grand View (Iowa) made up a 13-shot deficit entering the last round to secure the national championship. Texas Wesleyan’s Rowan Lester became the individual national champion, picking up the O.D. Bounds medalist award.

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