IRVING, Texas (April 8, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian junior Alasdair Dalgliesh shot a pair of 70s and captured the first-day lead Monday at the Dallas Baptist Classic at Hackberry Creek Country Club.
His strong showing helped the Eagles into second place after two rounds with a team score of 583, three shots behind Midwestern State (Texas) and five shots ahead of tournament host Dallas Baptist.
Dalgliesh fought through steady 25 mph winds on the par-72, 6,964-yard course to post two under-par rounds. He will enter Tuesday’s final round tied with Alex Carpenter of Abilene Christian (Texas) at 140, two shots ahead of Jeremy LeGuen of Midwestern State. Only five of the 86 golfers in the tournament were at par or better through two rounds.
Dalgliesh is seeking the third individual win of his career. His best finish so far during the 2012-13 campaign was as the runner-up at the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship in Panama City Beach, Fla., in October.
OC’s Sam Johnston also was in the top 10, tied for ninth at 146 after firing a pair of 73s. Logan Herbst bounced back from a first-round 76 to improve with a 72 in his second round and was at 148, tied for 16th.
Vilhelm Bogstrand also showed a four-shot improvement from round to round for the Eagles, shooting a 78, then a 74. At 152, he was tied for 26th. OC’s fifth player, Taylor Williams, shot rounds of 75 and 79 and was tied for 39th at 154.
OC’s Johnny Ellis, playing as an individual, posted scores of 73 and 79 and was tied with Bogstrand for 26th.
In the team race, the Eagles led the 16-squad field after a first-round 294. They improved on that with a 289 in the second round, but Midwestern State – which trailed OC by 10 shots after the first round – shot a sizzling 276 in the second round to seize the advantage.
Outside of OC and Dallas Baptist, no other team was within 19 shots of the lead. The two ranked NCAA Division II teams in the field were well behind the leaders, as No. 25 St. Edward’s (Texas) was ninth at 614 and No. 6 Abilene Christian was 12th at 618. NAIA No. 1-ranked Texas Wesleyan was fourth at 599.
Midwestern State, OC and Dallas Baptist all received votes in the most recent Golf World/Nike Golf Division II poll, but not enough to crack the top 25.