Oklahoma Christian, UCO bumped from match play at NCAA Division II Championship

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Winter Garden, Florida – Oklahoma Christian advanced to the semifinals while Central Oklahoma reached the quarterfinals in match play at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships.

Oklahoma Christian defeated Wingate in the first round while UCO fell to Colorado Christian, which rode that momentum to knock off the Eagles in the semifinals.

Against Wingate, Oklahoma Christian rolled to a 3-1-1 win, picking up victories from Leandro Mihaich, Exequiel Rodriguez and Blas Ayesa and a tie from Oskari Nikku.

Mihaich earned the lone point for OC against Colorado Christian.

A magical season for UCO came to close Friday morning when the Bronchos fell to Colorado Christian in the quarterfinals.

The third-seeded Bronchos lost 4-1 to the sixth-seeded Cougars. It ended a sensational 2023-24 season that saw UCO win four tournaments – including their first Division II regional title since 2015 – and post eight other top-three finishes.

Nick Canales won the only match for the Bronchos, firing a sizzling 6-under-par 65 to win by nine shots. Baylor Bostick and Jordan Wilson lost by three strokes apiece, while Bennett Baldwin and Kyle Hickey each fell by five.

“We just didn’t very well today,” head coach Derrick Thompson said. “It’s a disappointing way to end the season, but I’m really proud of these guys for what they did for our program this year.

“We played at a pretty high level in every tournament this year and that’s hard to do. The guys worked hard, they kept getting better and they set the bar for what we want to continue doing with this program.”

UCO tied for third after 54 holes of stroke play in earning one of eight spots for medal/match play. That format debuted in 2011, with the Bronchos’ previous two appearances having come in 2011 (lost in quarterfinals) and 2012 (lost in semifinals).

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