Eagle golfers take second in season opener

Zac Schaefer competes in the San Antonio Shootout
on Feb. 15-16. Photo by Murray Evans.

Zac Schaefer competes in the San Antonio Shootout on Feb. 15-16. Photo by Murray Evans.

The Oklahoma Christian University men’s golf team opened its spring season with a second-place finish in the San Antonio Shootout on Monday and Tuesday.

The Eagles sat in second after the first day of play with a total score of 307, seven points behind the University of Central Oklahoma.

“On the first day, we struggled with the greens as a team,” Men’s Golf Head Coach David Lynn said. “I thought two of our freshmen, Manny and Juan, played well.”

Freshmen Juan Pallach and Manual Hernandez shot a 74 and 76. Three others also shot for the Eagles, with Zac Schaefer with a 78, Sam Johnston with a 79 and Alejandro Valenzuela with an 83.

For the final round of play, the Eagles managed to hold onto their second place slot, shooting 309 on Tuesday and 616 overall. Hernandez led the Eagles with a score of 149, while Schaefer and Pallach ended the tournament with scores of 152 and 156.

Kevin Workman competed as an individual over the two days and ended the tournament with a third-place finish, shooting a 74 the first day and a 75 in the second round.

“This tournament is getting us good experience for the spring season and since we are young, we just need experience,” Lynn said. “The goal for the team is to get better and closer each week culminating with a victory at the conference tournament.”

The Eagles are currently ranked 70th in the Golfstat NCAA Division II rankings and ninth in the regional rankings. They will travel to Las Vegas on Feb. 28-29 to compete in the Las Vegas Desert Classic.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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