OCU Meyers wins Sydney Cox Invitational; Redlands CC takes second among women

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OKLAHOMA CITY – David Meyers of Oklahoma City University collected the victory in the Sydney Cox Invitational on Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

Meyers polished off his second win in a row and seventh of his Oklahoma City men’s golf career. The Stars took second place in the team standings.

Meyers, a senior from Johannesburg, South Africa, moved into a tie for second place on OCU’s list for career wins with Tyrone Van Aswegen. Rupert Kaminski holds the Stars’ career mark with nine victories from 2015-18. Van Aswegen nabbed seven wins for OCU from 2000-04 before turning professional and earning his PGA TOUR card in 2013. Kaminski, Meyers and Van Aswegen all hail from Johannesburg, South Africa.

On Tuesday, Meyers downed four birdies, including two on the par-5 seventh and 13th holes. Meyers won by one shot with a 66-68–134. Meyers scored in the 60s for the fifth consecutive round and 27th time in his college career. Meyers made the top five for the 10th tournament in a row. In 2020-21, Meyers has a 67.57 scoring average and stands 28 shots under par through seven rounds.

Kansas Wesleyan edged the Stars by two strokes for the team victory. OCU shot 6 under par as a team on the par-71, 6,518-yard West Course on Tuesday to put together a 279-278–557. Kansas Wesleyan and Oklahoma City were tied for fifth at six shots off the pace after the first round Monday. Logan Vacca of Kansas Wesleyan came in second.

The Stars concluded the fall season with a second-place finish and two third-place showings.

“David is a great leader for our team this year,” OCU coach Andy Crabtree said. “The team continues to put itself in contention to win, and they have improved in every tournament this fall.”

Oklahoma City had two individuals among the top five as Mason Mikeska tied for fourth place. Mikeska, a junior from Waco, Texas, posted a 67-70–137. Mikeska sank five birdies during the final round including on the par-5 first and 13th holes. Meyers and Mikeska tied for the team lead with nine birdies each for the tournament.

OCU’s Robbie Sager turned in a 73-69–142, good for a tie for 18th. Sager, a freshman from Carthage, Mo., knocked down seven birdies with four coming Tuesday.

Bosten Benn provided the Stars with a 73-71–144. Benn, a freshman from Edmond, Okla., nailed six birdies this week. Benn sat at 1 under par through 13 holes during the final round. Will Fore, a junior from Southlake, Texas, compiled a 78-78–156 for the Stars.

OCU entered Quinton Tews (73-76–149), Ben Thionnet (77-75–152) and Carson Breckenridge (83-78–161) as individuals.

“We are taking a lot of positives from this tournament,” Crabtree said. “Two players had personal-best rounds, Carson Breckenridge and Robbie Sager. The team is very motivated to work hard and prepare to compete for the national championship this spring.”

A sizzling back nine propelled Oklahoma Christian’s Andres Brictson to a top-10 finish. Brictson, a junior from Merida, Mexico, who earned NCAA Division II All-America honors last season, posted a 1-under-par 70 after shooting a 2-under 68 in the first round on Lincoln Park’s East Course on Monday. His 3-under total of 138 was four shots behind Meyers.

Brictson tied for eighth in the 60-man field, giving him his first top-10 finish of the season after recording four apiece in both 2018-19 and 2019-20. He was out of the top 10 through nine holes on Tuesday, but recorded consecutive birdies on the par-3 No. 10 and the par-4 No. 11, then an eagle on the par-5 No. 13 before parring out the rest of the round on the 6,518-yard course.

Three other OC players – all making their collegiate debuts – also played as individuals in the tournament, which was hosted by OCU. Two of them tied for 44th at 152 (+11) – sophomore Hunter Perkins of Fort Worth, Texas (who shot a 78 on Tuesday) and freshman Chase Gardner of Snohomish, Wash. (who shot a 79).

Freshman Mason Bannister of Moore posted a final-round 82 that included two birdies and finished at 166, in 59th place.

OC will wrap up its fall schedule next Monday and Tuesday in the Jerry Hrnciar Invitational, which will be hosted by Cameron at The Territory Golf and Country Club in Duncan. The Eagles won the tournament last year, with two-time Division II All-American Trevor Norby taking home individual medalist honors.

Redlands CC takes second, Behnken paces OCU, Goad is runner-up for Oklahoma Christian 

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Ashlyn Acosta

OKLAHOMA CITY – Redlands Community College, coached by former University of Central Oklahoma All-America Taylor Neidy Sliauter, left many larger schools in its wake with a second-place finish in the Sydney Cox Invitational Tuesday at Lincoln Park.

Redlands was led by Ashlyn Acosta, a freshman from Yukon, who placed third with rounds of 72-71. Maisie Liddell, a freshman from Ardmore, tied for seventh at 149 (77-72) and Katie Graham, a freshman from Scotland, also notched a top-10 finish. Redlands finished just two shots behind Texas Wesleyan for the team title.

Lauren Behnken provided host Oklahoma City University with a top-five showing as the Stars placed fourth. Behnken tied for fourth place for her third top-five finish in as many tournaments this season.

Behnken produced a 69-77–146 to finish six strokes off the pace. Behnken, a junior from Tulsa, Okla., totaled five birdies for the tournament after making birdies on the 14th and 18th holes Tuesday.

The Stars posted a 297-309–606 as the tournament shifted to Lincoln Park’s West Course, which laid out at par 72, 5,962 yards. Texas Wesleyan came away with the win.

Two OCU golfers stood among the top 10 in the field. Arianna Medina turned in a 73-77–150 to tie for 10th. Medina, a senior from Phoenix, fired in four birdies throughout the tournament.

The Stars’ Clair Hill, a senior from Gig Harbor, Wash., registered a 77-77–154 while making five birdies. McKenzie McCoy, a senior from Beggs, Okla., carded an 82-78–160, while Rachel Eckert, a junior from Bixby, Okla., added a 78-83–161.

OCU finished the fall season with one win in three events. The Stars’ next scheduled tournament is the Southern Nazarene Invitational on March 8-9 at KickingBird Golf Club in Edmond, Okla.

Oklahoma Christian golfer Shaley Goad tied her career-best finish with a runner-up showing.

Goad, a junior from Wheeler, Texas, posted a 1-over-par 73, which – combined with her 1-under 69 on Monday on Lincoln Park’s East Course – gave her an even-par overall score of 142. She finished two shots behind Dominika Gradecka of Bellevue (Neb.). They were the only women in the 62-player field to finish at par or better.

An unfortunate break on the par-5 No. 16 – when her approach shot to the green brushed against some tree limbs – led to a double bogey and kept Goad from what would have been her first individual title. But she did make the all-tournament team by recording her fifth collegiate top-five finish and her first second-place showing since the Heartland Conference Championship tournament in 2019.

Seven Eagles played as individuals in the tournament, which was hosted by Oklahoma City University. Joining Goad in the top 10 was sophomore Alexandria Bennettof Plano, Texas, who also shot a 73 (that included four birdies) on Tuesday to close at 149, tied for seventh. That matched her best finish in a collegiate tournament and was the fourth top-10 showing of her career.

Senior Abigail Rigsby of Courtenay, British Columbia, tied for 15th at 151 after a final-round 79 and freshman Alyssa Wilson of Yukon gave OC a fourth top-20 finisher, tying for 19th at 153 after shooting a 75.

Junior Felicity Wittenberg of West Pymble, Australia, had three birdies en route to an 82 and tied for 27th at 156. Sophomore Sarah Harrison of Edmond had a birdie while shooting an 85 (seven shots better than her first round) and tied for 53rd at 177. Sophomore Hannah Sullivan of Eufaula shot a 92 – a four-shot improvement over her first round – and finished 58th at 188.

Had the Eagles played as a team, they would have tied the Texas Wesleyan for the title with a two-round score of 591.

The Eagles’ fall season is complete. Their spring schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

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