Eagles double down on competition

During a practice round, Eric Hill hits with his driver. Submitted photo.

During a practice round, Eric Hill hits with his driver. Submitted photo.

Sophomore Ryan Trousdale was the top finisher for the Oklahoma Christian University men’s golf team as the Eagles tied for 12th place in a 17-team field in the Broncho Invitational March 20 and 21.

Oklahoma Christian ended the tournament with a final team score of 931 at the Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City, OK.

Trousdale led the Eagles with a 227 final score and tied for 23rd in the 102-player field. His second-round 73 was the second best round the team had in the tournament.

“I liked the way I played but felt like I did not get as much as I wanted out of each individual round,” Trousdale said. “I did not particularly putt the best, which ended up costing me a few shots before it was all over. However, I feel I am getting a little more tournament sharp each tournament round I play.”

Sophomore Juan Pallach was Oklahoma Christian’s second highest finisher as he tied for 45th place with 232 after posting the team’s best single round at 71.

Other team competitors included freshman Michael Robinson who finished in a tie for 77th at 240. Sophomore Ethan Smith tied for 84th with 242 and sophomore Grady Neal shot a 247 and tied for 96th.

Juniors Eric Hill and Chris Karlovich both competed as individuals. Hill put up 241 and tied for 79th while Karlovich placed 94th at 247.

The Eagles continued play and traveled to Austin, TX, to play in the St. Edward’s Invitational March 27th and 28th.

Oklahoma Christian finished 10th out of the 13 teams with a final record of 879.

Smith was the highest finisher at Onion Creek Club for Oklahoma Christian. He shot the best round for the team with a 70 in the first round and placed in a tie for 24th at 217.

The second highest finisher was Pallach with a score of 220, tying for 35th. Trousdale finished one shot behind with 221 in a tie for 43rd.

“Our team has gone through a lot this year and especially a lot since the start of the semester,” Trousdale said. “With two of our normal starters not returning at semester and another starter not being able to play, I think we have made the best out of the situation we are facing. Guys that had never really played before are being called upon to step up and I think this experience will help our team immensely in the future.”

Hill finished with 225 in 54th place and Robinson placed 64th at 233.

“For me personally, I just need to keep working hard and bring A-plus effort on a daily basis,” Trousdale said. “If I do that, I will continue to see better and better results for myself. As for the team, as a whole, I think we just need to put more emphasis on doing the little things right. Some of these things come from inexperience and some of them come from a lack of discipline. I truly feel the more rounds all of us play, the better results we will start to see and the less little things we will do wrong. If everybody could concentrate on cleaning up the small mistakes, I truly feel we can play with anyone in the country. Talent is something we do not and have never lacked.”

The Eagles will play on April 3 and 4 when they travel to Jonesboro, AR, to compete in the Red Wolves Invitational.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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