Men’s golf team ties in Midwestern State Invitational

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After three-rounds of play, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s golf team finished in a tie for ninth place out of an 18-team field at the Midwestern State Invitational in Wichita Falls, TX on Oct. 17 and 18.

The Eagles posted a day-one team score of 616, followed by a second round score of 301 the next day for a total of 917.

“Each player on the team had his own ups and downs,” sophomore Ethan Smith said. “I got off to a poor start but could finish the event with a good final round. The team struggled overall and we have some key things to work on for the next tournament. We are keeping a very positive mindset moving forward.”

Oklahoma Christian had multiple athletes place in the tournament. The Eagles’ top finisher, sophomore Alejandro Valenzuela, ended the competition tied for 19th after shooting a day-one score of 149 and finishing at 255 with a 5-over-par score of 76.

Sophomore Manuel Hernandez led the Eagles with a 74 on Tuesday after a day-one 155 and ended up tied at 34th with 229.

Sophomore Juan Pallach and freshman Michael Robinson both tied for 45th at 232, Pallach shot 157 and finished with a 75, while Robinson hit 155 followed by a 77.

Other golfers for the Eagles included junior Zac Schaefer, who closed out tied for 77th at 242 after he shot a 166 and ended with a 76, and Smith, who played as an individual and shot a final-round 82 after a day-one 162 to end tied for 84th at 244.

Oklahoma Christian will finish out its fall season on Nov. 1 with the Golfweek Division II Fall Invitational at the Apple Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay, TX.

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