Stars lead by eight in SAC Championship at Gaillardia

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Top-ranked Oklahoma City University built the lead after 36 holes of the Sooner Athletic Conference men’s golf championships Monday at Gaillardia Country Club.

The Stars, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, seized an eight-stroke advantage after trailing by three shots through one round. All five OCU golfers had spots among the top 10.

Oklahoma City produced a 290-281–571 on the par-72, 7,255-yard course. Seventh-ranked Wayland Baptist (Texas) shot a 287-292–579, while second-ranked Texas Wesleyan carded a 299-283–582. OCU seeks its fourth consecutive SAC title.

David Meyers of the Stars trailed individual leader Andrew Williamson from Wayland Baptist by one shot. OCU’s Rupert Kaminski and Garrison Mendoza were knotted with Wayland Baptist’s Paul Zwanzig and Texas Wesleyan’s Rowan Lester and Futa Yamagishi for third place.

The Stars’ Carson Seals was tied for eighth place, and Peri’Don Castille held 10th. Castille, Kaminski and Seals were the only golfers among the field to hit eagles. That trio buried an eagle each on the par-5, 562-yard third hole.

Meyers, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, posted a 69-73–142. He and Williamson were the only golfers under par after two rounds in the field. Meyers sank nine birdies to lead the tournament along with Castille.

Kaminski turned in a 74-70–144 with seven birdies. Kaminski, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa, is bidding to win his third SAC individual championship. Mendoza, a senior from Clinton, Okla., supplied OCU with a 74-70–144 while making par 25 times.

Seals, a sophomore from Ardmore, Okla., recorded a 73-72–145 and six birdies. Castille, a sophomore from Dallas, added a 77-69–146. Castille shot one of three under-par scores in the second round.

The high temperature at the course Monday was 72 degrees. At the start of play Monday, the temperature was in the mid-50s and spent most of the day in the 60s. The wind blew around 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

The tournament finishes 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Gaillardia Country Club.


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