Oklahoma City, Stites take third in NAIA Championship

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Photo: Madden, Stites of OCU snare all-tournament nods.

MESA, Ariz. – Oklahoma City University collected third place in the NAIA men’s golf championships Friday at Las Sendas Golf Club.

Second-ranked Oklahoma City rose to third after holding ninth place after two rounds. Jack Madden and Ty Stites of the Stars earned all-tournament accolades.

The Sooner Athletic Conference owns 14 of the past 19 national championships as Texas Wesleyan took the title by nine strokes over Coastal Georgia. OCU finished 16 shots behind Texas Wesleyan.

Stites, a sophomore from Sallisaw, Okla., fell three strokes shy of the top score in a tie for sixth place. Stites posted a 72-74-68-75–289. Stites nailed four birdies in the final round with two coming on par-5 holes. Stites hit birdies on the par-5, 564-yard second hole and the par-5, 576-yard 18th. Stites had 15 birdies this week on the par-71, 6,925-yard Hilly Desert Course.

Madden provided OCU with a 76-72-69-74–291, good for a tie for 11th. Madden, a freshman from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, Ireland, tallied three birdies Friday. He recorded 44 par scores among his 72 holes.

Peri’Don Castille turned in an 80-79-70-71–300 for the Stars. Castille, a junior from Dallas, knocked in three birdies on the front nine during the last round.

OCU’s Carson Seals accumulated a 78-75-77-72–302. Seals, a junior from Ardmore, Okla., sank three birdies Friday. During the tournament, Seals made par 47 times to be among the tournament leaders.

Brandon Strathe, a sophomore from Owasso, Okla., had an 88-80-80-81–329 for the Stars.

Mark Johnson of Coastal Georgia won the individual national title on the first hole of a playoff with two other players. Johnson had a 72-74-69-71–286 to tie with Logan Carver of British Columbia and Alex Dutkowski from Taylor (Ind.) after 72 holes.


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