Strong fall lifts Oklahoma Christian to No. 6 in D-II poll

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NORMAN, Okla. (Nov. 15, 2019) – Oklahoma Christian rose a spot to No. 6 and picked up a first-place vote in the final Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll of the fall season, released Friday.

OC enjoyed a stellar fall season, winning three of its four tournaments and going undefeated against NCAA Division II competition. Coached by David Lynn, the Eagles won the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational at Tascosa Golf Club in Amarillo, Texas; the Missouri Southern Fall Invitational at Shangri-La Golf Club in Monkey Island and the Jerry Hrnciar Invitational at The Territory Golf Club in Duncan.

In the only tournament they didn’t win, the Eagles placed eighth in Arkansas State’s Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate at RidgePointe Country Club in Jonesboro, Ark. OC was the only Division II team in the field, along with 12 Division I squads.

Two OC golfers have recorded individual wins – junior Andres Brictson in the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational and senior Trevor Norby in the Jerry Hrnciar Invitational.

The No. 6 national ranking matches the highest ever achieved by an OC athletic team during the university’s Division II era, which began with the 2012-13 academic year. The men’s golf team was ranked No. 6 in the coaches’ poll earlier this fall as well.

OC was one of four Lone Star Conference teams in the coaches’ poll, along with No. 11 St. Mary’s (Texas), No. 18 Midwestern State (Texas) and No. 21 St. Edward’s (Texas). Other South Central-West Super Region ranked squads included No. 9 Simon Fraser (British Columbia), No. 16 Colorado School of Mines and No. 20 Sonoma State (Calif.).

Five teams received at least one of the 21 first-place votes in the poll. Barry (Fla.) topped the poll with 15 first-place votes and 518 points, followed by Georgia Southwestern State, with three first-place votes and 491 points.

West Florida (446 points) was third, followed by South Carolina-Aiken (404), Lynn (Fla.) (392), OC (375), Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) (333), Arkansas Tech (323), Simon Fraser (312) and Lee (Tenn.) (285). West Florida, Lynn and OC each received one first-place vote.

In the Relative Ranking – separate from the coaches’ poll – OC is No. 3 in Division II, trailing only Georgia Southwestern State and Barry. OC is one of only eight Division II squads to have won as many as three tournaments during the fall season.

OC will open its spring season Feb. 3-4 in the Fujikura Invitational, hosted by California State-San Marcos at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista, Calif. The Eagles are the defending champions in that tournament.

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