Eagles place 14th in first spring tournament

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In its first tournament of the spring season, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s golf team finished 14th out of the 16 teams competing in the Rattler Invitational Monday and Tuesday in San Antonio, TX.

Sophomore Juan Pallach led the Eagles on both days of the tournament by shooting consecutive 76s to tie for 34th in the 86-man field with a score of 152.

In his first spring tournament, the only freshman on the team, Michael Robinson, tied for 53rd with a first round of 79 and a second round of 78 to put together a total score of 157.

“Going into the event I was a little nervous to get the semester started,” Robinson said. “But most of all I was very excited to get playing and see what this team can do. I am the only freshman on the team so sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming and I definitely feel intimidated from time to time, but I really try to bury those thoughts and just focus on my game.”

The team finished with a two-round score of 311 and held its first day placing of 14th through the second day.

Other golfers for Oklahoma Christian included sophomore Ryan Trousdale, who shot an 81 and 77 for a score of 158 and ended in a tie for 62nd place, and junior Eric Hill, who put out a first-round 78 and finished with an 80 to tie with Trousdale for 62nd.

The fifth competitor for the Eagles, sophomore Ethan Smith, placed 67th with a score of 160.

“During the event things did not go so well for anyone on the team,” Robinson said. “We all struggled on the greens and could not get our putts to drop. It was very frustrating during the round, but looking back, I learned a lot about my game and what I need to practice to get ready for our next event.”

The Eagles will travel to Las Vegas, NV, to compete in the Las Vegas Desert Classic on March 5 and 6.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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