Schaefer claims his first win, leads golf team to victory

Alejandro Valenzuela tied for 12th at the Broncho Invitational on March 21 and 22. Photo by Murray Evans.

Alejandro Valenzuela tied for 12th at the Broncho Invitational on March 21 and 22. Photo by Murray Evans.

Behind Zac Schaefer’s first-ever individual tournament victory, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s golf team took the top honors to win the Broncho Invitational at Gaillarida Country Club Monday and Tuesday.

Men’s Golf Head Coach David Lynn said he was proud of the team for many reasons.

“I was so impressed with our attitude, focus and resiliency this week,” Lynn said. “We started four freshman and one sophomore and they played like veterans.”

Schaefer and Alejandro Valenzuela were both in the top 10 after the first day of play. Schaefer posted a five-over par 77, which was low enough to tie him for third. Valenzuela was one shot back of Schaefer, which tied him at eighth.

The second day, Schaefer led the Eagles in scoring with a two-over par 74, making his two-round score 151 and beating the University of Central Oklahoma’s Cody Troutman by four strokes.

Manuel Hernandez posted the second best score for the Eagles on the second day with a five-over par 77 to jump him to sixth. Valenzuela shot an 84 his second round that dropped him to tied for 12th.

Juan Pallach shot a combined 165 to tie him for 33rd and Ethan Smith rounded out the Eagles’ scoring with a 169 to tie for 51st.

This was the Eagles’ first tournament win as a team as well as Schaefer’s first individual victory.

Lynn said the team played well and that he is anxious to see how they will continue to improve.

“We beat one top-10 team and another top-25 team in route to our win,” Lynn said. “I see us improving every time out and that’s a great feeling for a coach. Very proud of Zac for getting his first college victory.”

The Eagles will travel to Austin, Texas March 28 and 29 to play in the St. Edwards Invitational.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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