Eagles take first; Lady Eagles finish fifth in season openers

Juan Pallach earns the title of Heartland Conference Golfer of the Week after his performance at the Great American Conference Preview. Online Photo.

Juan Pallach earns the title of Heartland Conference Golfer of the Week after his performance at the Great American Conference Preview. Online Photo.

The Oklahoma Christian University men’s golf team placed 1st out of the nine teams for their first tournament win since March 2016, competing in the Great American Conference Preview on Tuesday.

Having three top 10 finishers, the Eagles finished the two-day, three-round event at 40-under-par, ending with a total team score of 824, the lowest in school history for a three-day competition The Eagles recorded the lowest score in Heartland Conference history, breaking the previous record of 826 set by the 2012 Oklahoma Christian team.

In the 56-man field, junior Juan Pallach tied for second at 15-under-par 201 after a final round 6-under-par 66 with two eagles and 15 birdies on the tournament. Pallach’s score represented the fourth best finish related to par in Oklahoma Christian history.

Junior Garrett White finished one stroke back of Pallach in a tie for fourth place at 202 in his first event playing for Oklahoma Christian. White shot a 3-under-par 69 in the final round and had 18 birdies.

Finishing at 207 in a tie for eighth, junior Cameron Brown, also playing his first event for the Eagles, shot a final-round 66 to round out Oklahoma Christian’s top 10 placements. He had 14 birdies on the tournament.

The final member of the A-team, junior Ethan Smith, tied for 30th at 218 after shooting a 73.

For the B-team, junior Ryan Trousdale finished in 11th with a final round 70 and total of 209 and freshman Andres Brictson totaled 210 with a final 73 in 12th place. Both players had 14 birdies in the event.

“I felt it really gave me some confidence,” Trousdale said. “That was my best career finish, but I felt like I left some shots out there. I feel really good going into the next event.”

Freshman Pablo Duster shot a final-round of 72 to finish at 215 in a tie for 25th, freshman Reese Gorman finished tied for 30th at 218 after shooting a 74 and freshman Jackson Phillips shot a 81 to place 54th at 233.

Junior Grady Neal competed as an individual and finished in a tie for 38th after a final round 70 put him at 220.

“I need to hit the ball better and we all need to have awareness of the course,” Trousdale said. “As a team, we just need to go into the tournament with the same mindset and confidence that we had during this one. If we do that, I think we are good.”

The Oklahoma Christian women’s golf team opened their 2017 season playing in the Northeastern State Women’s Classic, where they placed 5th out of the 17 teams competing Tuesday.

The Lady Eagles finished with a final-round score of 309 and a total team score of 619, five shots behind first.

Sophomore Abigail Rigsby shot a final-round 74 to finish the two-day event in a tie for fourth at 151.

Junior Elizabeth Freeman finished in a tie for eighth in the 89-golfer field at 152 after shooting a 73 in the final round. Junior Kate Goodwin tied for 17th at 157, after shooting an 81.

In her first collegiate tournament, freshman Felicity Wittenberg finished the event at 160 to tie for 32nd with a final-round 82. Freshman Shaley Goad tied for 54th at 167 and, playing as an individual, sophomore Ashton Nemecek tied for 54th at 167.

Both teams will compete Sept. 25 and 26 as the men travel to Bellingham, WA to play in the Western Washington Invitational, while the Lady Eagles will compete in the Mark Allen Oral Roberts University Shootout in Tulsa, OK.

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