OCU Stars in third, just four shots off the pace in NAIA Championship

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SILVIS, Ill. – Oklahoma City University moved to third place in the NAIA men’s golf championships Wednesday at TPC Deere Run.

Matthew Cheung of the Stars rose to second place in the individual standings. Third-ranked Oklahoma City shot a 292-297-589 through 36 holes.

Cheung, a junior from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, stood one stroke behind individual leader Lawren Rowe from Victoria (British Columbia). Cheung turned in a 71-70-141, knocking in birdies on the par-3, 183-yard third hole, par-4, 361-yard No. 6 hole and the par-5, 550-yard 17th hole.

OCU trailed No. 1-ranked William Woods (Mo.) by four shots and 10th-rated British Columbia by one stroke on the par-71, 7,066-yard course.

“We cut our deficit in half and feel we have played nowhere near our potential,” OCU coach Kyle Blaser said. “We are excited about what’s in front of us.”

The Stars’ Anthony Marchesani sat four shots off the pace tied for fourth. Marchesani, a senior from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, posted a 72-72-144. Marchesani pounded in birdies on the par-4, 391-yard first hole, par-3, 183-yard third hole, par-3, 224-yard seventh hole and No. 17.

Rupert Kaminski contributed a 74-78-152 for OCU. Kaminski, a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa, made seven bogeys. Zac Oliver added a 75-77-152. Oliver, a senior from Checotah, Okla., sank a birdie on par-4, 357-yard 14th hole.

Jett Johnson had a 76-79-155 for the Stars. Johnson, a senior from Norman, Okla., made par 12 times Wednesday.

Johnson teed off in the afternoon with 84-degree temperatures and 20 mph wind gusts. The high temperature was 86 degrees with wind up to 14 mph.

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