Eagles golf team places second; Lady Eagles place eighth

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In the Western Washington Invitational, which took them all the way to Bellingham, WA, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s golf team tied for second in the 16-team tournament behind freshman Pablo Duster’s third-place finish Sept. 26.

The Eagles finished the invitational with a final team score of 867 after a final round 261, 11 shots behind first-place Simon Fraser University.

Duster shot 7-under-par 209 on the tournament with five birdies, just two strokes behind second place.

Junior Cameron Brown finished with five birdies, a final round of 69 and ended the event 2-under-par 214 in a tie for seventh place in the 83-golfer field.

Junior Juan Pallach shot a final round 75 to finish at 221 in a tie for 31. Fellow juniors Garrett White and Ethan Smith finished in a tie for 58th at 228. Smith shot an 80 and White shot a 79 in the final round.

“I think that the team performed very well overall,” Duster said. “The last two rounds weren’t as good as the first, but it was still good. We just need to continue playing like this.”

After finishing third in his second collegiate tournament, the Heartland Conference named Duster golfer of the week, the second golfer in two tournaments to win the award for Oklahoma Christian.

“I felt that my putting helped me throughout the competition to score under par,” Duster said. “Our next tournament is going to be on a very different course, but our objective is going to be winning just like the last tournament.”

The Eagles have jumped from 63rd in the preseason coach’s polls to 30th overall in this week’s Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll.

The Lady Eagles competed in the Oral Roberts University Shootout in Tulsa, OK, finishing eighth out of the 17 teams competing.

Oklahoma Christian posted a final round 310 in the three-day event to finish at 924 against a field of mostly Division 1 teams.

Sophomore Abigail Rigsby shot a 76 in the final round to tie for 12th at 224 in the 90-woman field.

Junior Elizabeth Freeman finished at 232 after shooting a 76 to tie for 30th and junior Kate Goodwin shot a 73 and tied for 36th with 233.

Freshman Shaley Goad tied for 53rd with a final 86 to finish at 237 and freshman Felicity Wittenberg shot an 85 to finish on 247 at 84th. Sophomore Ashton Nemecek tied for 78th after shooting a 78 to finish at 244.

The Eagles will travel to Wichita, KS to compete in the Newman Fall Invitational and the Lady Eagles will stay in town to play in the University of Central Oklahoma RCB Classic at the Golf Club of Edmond, both Oct. 2.

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