OCU wins fourth tournament of 2017-18 season

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SAN ANTONIO – Oklahoma City University earned its fourth tournament victory of the season after holding on to its first-day lead and finishing atop the team leaderboard Tuesday in the San Antonio Shootout on the Canyons Course.

The Stars, ranked second in NAIA men’s golf, turned in a final score of 288-289-293–870 on the par-72, 7,034-yard Oaks Course, which hosts the PGA TOUR’s Texas Open. OCU finished ahead of four ranked opponents, including second-place and fourth-ranked Johnson & Wales (Fla.) by six strokes and top-ranked Texas Wesleyan by 28 strokes.

Rupert Kaminski, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa, led OCU with a third-place finish. Kaminski stood four strokes off the individual pace after the tournament’s first two rounds, then ended with a final-round 74 to shoot a 71-70-74–215, four strokes behind the individual winner Andrew Williamson of Wayland Baptist (Texas).

Also earning a top-10 finish for the Stars was Peri’Don Castille, a sophomore from Dallas. Castille ended tied for sixth after shooting a 73-72-74–219. Finishing just outside the top 10 for OCU was Garrison Mendoza, who turned in a 72-75-73–220 for 11th place.

Oklahoma City’s Gaston Romero followed Mendoza with a 76-73-72–221 for 12th place and David Meyers took 14th after shooting a 72-74-76–222.

Competing as individuals for OCU were Niccolo Nespoli, Carson Seals and Chris Winkel. Seals, a sophomore from Ardmore, Okla., carded a 75-73-77–225 to tie for 24th while Winkel, a freshman from Ankeny, Iowa, posted an 80-75-83–238 for 47th. Nespoli, a junior from Milan, Italy, had a 78-86-85–249.

Oklahoma City returns to action on March 12-13 at the Arkansas Tech Dave Falconer Classic in Danville, Ark.

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