Following top two placements in each of the first two tournaments of the year, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s golf team placed eighth out of 11 teams in the Newman Fall Invitational Oct. 3 in Wichita, KS, their second straight tournament outside of Oklahoma.
“The hardest thing to manage while traveling is definitely school,” junior Cameron Brown said. “Especially when you forget your backpack for a trip to Washington. Coach gave me a lot of grief for that one. We miss Monday and Tuesday for tournaments so it’s very easy to get behind on homework, and fall behind in class. Being a college athlete for 3 years now has really taught me how to manage my time better.”
The Eagles finished the event with a total team score of 912 after posting their best round of the tournament, a 298, in the third and final round.
Junior Juan Pallach and Brown posted the top finishes for Oklahoma Christian as they both finished in a tie for eighth place in the 65-man field with final scores of 224. They shot identical final rounds at 73.
“The most important thing I can take from previous events is to stay patient,” Brown said. “54 hole tournaments are very long and it can be easy to try to force things to happen or become impatient. Coach has taught me to stay patient in tournaments and I feel that will really help me improve my game.”
Junior Garrett White shot a final 75 to finish in a tie for 34th at 231, freshman Andres Brictson tied for 45th after shooting a 77 to finish at 235 and freshman Pablo Duster tied for 55th at 243 after a final round shooting 70.
Competing as an individual, junior Ethan Smith placed 17th, shooting a final round 75 to end at 227.
“The strongest part of our team is that we have a lot of experience,” Brown said. “We are very well coached and our young guys are very mature. I feel that we have a very deep team so competing against each other each week in practice makes us better players.”
The Lady Eagles stayed in town to compete in the University of Central Oklahoma RCB Classic Oct. 3, where they placed fifth out of 11 competing teams.
Oklahoma Christian had a final round team score of 304 in the two-round event, placing their end total at 612.
Sophomore Abigail Rigsby led the Lady Eagles with a total score of 149 after shooting a 74, including three birdies, to finish in a tie for eighth place in the 88-woman field.
Sophomore Ashton Nemecek tied for 22nd after shooting a 76 to finish at 154. Juniors Elizabeth Freeman and Kate Goodwin both shot a final round 77 to finish at 155 in a tie for 27th.
Freshman Shaley Goad shot an 87 to place in a tie for 56th at 164.