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Eagles place 10th in Division 1 competition

In a heavy NCAA Division I field, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s golf team finished 10th of 12 teams in the Missouri-Kansas City’s Bill Ross Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.

As the only non-DI school in the tournament, the Eagles ended with a three-round score of 904, placing them 36 shots behind first-place Grand Canyon University.

Sophomore Ethan Smith posted the top score on the final day for the Eagles with a 1-over-par 73 and a total score of 232, which would net him a tie for 50th place in the 72-man field.

Sophomore Manuel Hernandez lead the individual side for the Eagles. He finished the final round with a 75, which placed him in a tie for 23rd at 222.

“I think we could have played better because we had been playing better going in,” Hernandez said. “I think that because we were playing against Division I competition, this is only going to make us even better going into our future competitions.”

Other Oklahoma Christian golfers included junior Zac Schaefer, who tied for 40th at 227 after shooting a 77; sophomore Alejandro Valenzuela tied for 45th at 229 after shooting a final-round 79 and sophomore Juan Pallach, who tied for 58th at 233 after shooting a 78.

Junior Eric Hill also played for the Eagles as an individual, and finished in a tie for 52nd at 231 after a final-round of 80.

Oklahoma Christian will compete on Oct. 17 and 18 at the Midwestern State Invitational at the Wichita Falls Country Club in Wichita Falls, TX.

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