Oklahoma Christian just two off lead in St. Edward’s Invitational

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AUSTIN, Texas (March 28, 2016) – A week after posting their first tournament win since September 2014, the Oklahoma Christian Eagles are in position to perhaps make it two in a row.

With a two-round team score of 577 on Monday, OC stood in second place, just two shots behind No. 10-ranked Central Missouri in the St. Edward’s Invitational at Onion Creek Club.

The Eagles, who improved from a 293 team score in their morning round to a 284 in the afternoon round, were in good position in a tight competition in which nine of the 15 teams will enter Tuesday’s final round within 10 shots of the lead. Other contenders include Colorado-Colorado Springs at 579, Western New Mexico at 581 and Midwestern State (Texas) at 583.

Last week, OC beat Central Missouri and 14 other teams to win the Broncho Invitational at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City, rallying on the final day for a one-shot win over No. 24 Central Oklahoma.

On Monday, OC junior Sam Johnston posted rounds of 69 and 70 on the par-70, 6,519-yard Onion Creek course and his 1-under 139 put him in second place among the 80 golfers, eight shots behind Calum Hill of Western New Mexico. James Bolton of Newman (Kan.) was another shot back and the only other player besides Hill and Johnston to shoot par or better through two rounds.

The Eagles’ four other players all improved from their first round to their second. Manuel Hernandez (73-72) was tied for 12th at 145, while Zac Schaefer – coming off his first individual win last week – shot 75 and 72 and was tied for 26th at 147.

Juan Pallach (79-70) made the biggest round-to-round improvement among the Eagles and was tied for 39th at 149, while Alejandro Valenzuela (76-75) was tied for 50th at 151.

The final round will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

For Cameron, Cullen Stahl is tied for eighth place with the Aggies also tied for eighth out of 15 teams entered.

Cameron slid from second place in their morning round after they fired off a 290 which was led by Stahl’s 67.  However, in the afternoon the Aggies shot 15-over in their grouping, and are tied with St. Mary’s with a 585.  Only six-strokes separate Cameron from third place.

Stahl finished the day with a 143 (67+76) with seven birdies and an eagle.  Zander Winston was two shots back of Stahl’s score and is tied for 12th pace (74-71), he made 25 pars, which was tied for third most in the field.

Daniel Nielsen scored a 148 (75-73) and landed him tied for 29th, Dario Gabriel had the Aggies second eagle of the day on hole 17 in the second round, he is tied for 47th place with a 150 (74+76).  Weston Ward rounded out the Aggie group with a 155 (80-75) and is tied for 65th overall.

Rogers State rebounded from a 308 in round one to post a 299 in round two and are in 13th place at 607.
Aaron Davis led the Hillcats in both rounds posting a 6-over-par 76 in the opener before following it up by shaving three shots from his score with a 3-over-par 73. The junior posted two birdies on his final three holes of round one for a 149 total to sit in 39th overall.
Alex Marsh overcame a rough start to his day shooting 6-over-par on his first nine holes, despite a birdie on the par-five fifth, and finished his first round with two bogeys on the back side for a 78. The sophomore turned things around in round two dropping five strokes off his score for a 73, behind four birdies during a stretch of 10 holes.
After posting a first-round scorecard of 78, Owen Bates was on pace for the top score of the day for RSU in the finale. A double bogey on the last hole of the second round erased that notion, but the freshman still capped his day firing a 74 for a 152 total.
Patrick Bart carded a birdie in both rounds Monday, including one on his second hole of round two, for scores of 76 and 79. Bart led the team with 23 pars during his 36 holes of play. Eric Moore fired two birdies in round two closing the day with rounds of 81 and 80 for the Hillcats.

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