Stars take aim at consecutive national championships

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MESA, Ariz. – Oklahoma City University takes its crack at a second consecutive national championship in the NAIA men’s golf championships starting Tuesday at Las Sendas Golf Club.

Second-ranked Oklahoma City tees off 9:30 a.m. CDT (7:30 a.m. MST) Tuesday on hole No. 1 on the par-71, 6,925-yard course. The Stars captured their 11th national title May 18, 2018 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

OCU has won national crowns in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018. The Stars overcame a first-round 11-stroke deficit while shooting the best 72-hole score in program history (290-282-276-279–1,127) in the 2018 NAIA Championships.

On Tuesday, the first Star hits the course at 10:20 a.m. CDT Tuesday with each golfer teeing off in 10-minute increments. There will be Golfstat live scoring.

In 2018-19, the Stars own seven victories and three second-place finishes in 11 starts. Jack Madden leads OCU with a 72.30 stroke average, 79 birdies, two eagles, two victories and three runner-up showings this season. Madden, a freshman from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, Ireland, reeled in Sooner Athletic Conference player of the year, all-tournament in the SAC Championships and two SAC player of the week awards.

Peri’Don Castille has posted 72.93 shots per round with 105 birdies and two eagles in 30 rounds. Castille, a junior from Dallas, has recorded four top-five finishes and six top-10 showings this season. Castille garnered an all-conference nod. He finished tied for second in the San Antonio Shootout on March 4-5 and tied for ninth in the SAC Championships on April 22-23 in Amarillo, Texas. He took 22nd in the 2018 NAIA Championships.

Ty Stites has provided OCU with a 72.93 scoring average and four top-10 finishes in five starts. Stites, a sophomore from Sallisaw, Okla., collected all-tournament in the SAC Championships with a tie for second place by ending four shots off the pace.

Carson Seals has accumulated 73.57 strokes per 18 holes with four top-five finishes this season. Seals, a junior from Ardmore, Okla., tied for first place in The Mid-South on Sept. 24-25 in Newton, Kan., but fell short in a playoff. Castille, Madden, Seals and Stites became semifinalists for the Jack Nicklaus NAIA player of the year honor. The Stars’ Brandon Strathe, a sophomore from Owasso, Okla., has produced a 75.65 scoring average with two top-10 finishes this season.

Robert Trent Jones Jr., designed Las Sendas Golf Club, a demanding desert-style layout winding through the Usery Mountains. The course is regarded as one of the top 10 in Arizona.

The weather forecast this week calls for lower temperatures in the upper 50s with high temps rising into the high 80s. Wind is expected to blow between 5-20 mph. There is no chance for rain.


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