Eagles 2nd after opening round of Newman Fall Invitational

OC sophomore Sam Johnston was in fourth place after the first round of the Newman Fall Invitational.
OC sophomore Sam Johnston was in fourth place after the first round of the Newman Fall Invitational.

WICHITA, Kan. (Sept. 9, 2013) – All seven Oklahoma Christian golfers stood in the top 20 and the Eagles were in second place Monday after the first round of the Newman Fall Invitational at Reflection Ridge Golf Club.

With a team score of 293, the Eagles will enter Tuesday’s final round three shots behind junior-college power Indian Hills (Iowa). Tournament host (and Heartland Conference rival) Newman was another six shots behind OC, in third place in the seven-team field.

Returning NCAA Division II All-American Sam Johnston led the way for OC in the opening round of the fall season, firing a 1-under-par 71 on the 6,754-yard course. Johnston stood fourth overall, behind Colin Pearson of Indian Hills (68) and James Bolton of Newman and Dylan McClure of Cameron (both at 70).

“I thought for the first round of the year, we played about as I expected,” OC coach David Lynn said. “Four of the five guys playing in our top five were under par at some point in their round. We just didn’t finish well. Tomorrow, if we expect to win, we will have to finish strong.

“I thought the golf course played a lot different today than it did in the practice round, which took some adjusting to. I look forward to seeing how these guys perform tomorrow with an opportunity to win.”

Besides Johnston, two other OC golfers were in the top 10, as Taylor Williams and Johnny Ellis each shot a 1-over 73 and were tied for sixth. Alasdair Dalgliesh and Trey Payne each shot a 76 and stood tied for 17th.

Two OC golfers playing as individuals also were in the top 20 in the 43-man tournament – Ryan Evans (tied for 14th after a 75) and Jackson Stuteville (tied for 17th after a 76).

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