A second place finish at the Missouri Southern Fall Invitational opened the Oklahoma Christian University men’s golf team’s fall season on Monday and Tuesday at Monkey Island, OK.
The Eagles were ranked 18th in the NCAA Division II coaches’ preseason poll and posted a final-round team score of 293, finishing in second place with a final score of 869. They trailed the University of Central Oklahoma.
Sophomore Alejandro Valenzuela shot even-par 72, leaving him at a 4-under 212 and lifting him to a second place finish on the individual side. His performance proved the best of his collegiate career and his runner-up showing was his highest for Oklahoma Christian.
“We all are satisfied with the result since it is our first event and we now know that we are a better team than before and we can shoot low scores,” Valenzuela said. “Our next tournament is in Kansas City and we are hoping to improve.”
He was also named as the Heartland Conference Men’s player of the week, for the first time in his collegiate career.
Junior Zac Schaefer ended the competition tied for fourth in the 71-man field at 2-under 214 after shooting 73 in the final-round.
The Eagles had two other golfers finish in the top-20 on the individual side. Sophomore Juan Pallach tied for 10th at 222 after a final-round 76 and sophomore Manuel Hernandez tied for 15th at 221 after shooting 72 on Tuesday.
Freshman Michael Robinson tied for 48th at 235 after shooting 81 in his first collegiate meet.
At the same time as the Missouri Southern Fall Invitational, junior Eric Hill posted his career best finish at the Bison Fall Invitational in Shawnee, OK.
Hill placed fourth out of the 53-man field and led the Eagles to a fifth-place finish. He shot a 1-over-par 72 to finish the tournament with a 145.
The Eagles, who only competed with four players, posted a team score of 299 in the final round and finished at 616.
Other golfers for Oklahoma Christian included Ryan Trousdale, who shot a 73 and tied for 19th at 154; sophomore Casey Rebmann shot a 78 leaving him at 158 and tied for 26th and junior Chris Karlovich fired a 76 and tied for 31st at 159.
The Eagles will return to play next Monday and Tuesday in the annual Bill Ross Intercollegiate at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park, KS, where they will face primarily NCAA Division I competition.