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Eagles golf team wraps up season

The fall season for Oklahoma Christian University men’s golf team ended Tuesday after finishing 16th at the Golfweek Division II Fall Invitational in Denver, CO.

The Eagles’ 323 final-round score on Tuesday was the highest of the three-round tournament and after factoring in day one scores of 302 and 319, it dropped them from a tie for 11th place to 16th in the 18-team field with the final score of 944.

Sophomore Alejandro Valenzuela was the top finisher for the Eagles. He placed 30th in the 90-man field with 226 on a final-round 7-over-par-79 after he shot a 73 and 74 on the first-day.

Junior Zac Schaefer shot 83 in the final-round to tie at 52nd with a score of 237. Sophomore Juan Pallach was only a single shot behind Schaefer at 238 in 54th place.

Other golfers for Oklahoma Christian included freshman Michael Robinson, tied for 71st at 243 with a first-day score of 163 and final-round 80, and sophomore Manuel Hernandez at 85th with a score of 260.

A second group of four Oklahoma Christian golfers competed in the Southern Plains Intercollegiate at the Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City, OK.

Junior Eric Hill finished as the top finisher for the Eagles, tying for 12th in the 43-man field at 238 after he shot 4-over-par 76.

“I’d say we have some room for improvement,” Hill said. “On the inside, we are a very competitive team and have a lot of guys that can travel. This fall was a very good learning experience and showed me what it takes to play on a team of this caliber and what I — and the team — need to work on to come back stronger in the spring.”

As a team, the Eagles’ four-man squad placed fourth among seven in the intercollegiate with a score of 976 overall and a final-round score of 321.

The other three golfers for Oklahoma Christian included sophomore Ethan Smith, who shot an 80 to finish tied for 20th at 243; sophomore Ryan Trousdale with 22nd at 244 after a final-round 82 and sophomore Grady Neal at 251 to end in 29th place, shooting an 83.

This marks the end of the fall season for the Eagles, who will announce their spring schedule later this month.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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