Eagles in 2nd after cold opening day of Lions Classic

Logan Herbst's 74 led OC during a cold first round in the Lions Classic.
Logan Herbst's 74 led OC during a cold first round in the Lions Classic.

FORT SMITH, Ark. (March 25, 2013) – Logan Herbst led a balanced Oklahoma Christian lineup on Monday as the Eagles finished the opening day of the Lions Classic in second place in the nine-team field.

Herbst’s 4-over-par 74 on a chilly day at Hardscrabble Country Club helped OC post a team score of 302, three shots behind Heartland Conference rival Newman (Kan.) and four ahead of another league rival, Dallas Baptist (Texas).

Herbst was tied for eighth individually and the rest of the Eagles were right behind him. Vilhelm Bogstrand (75) was tied for 10th, Jared Consoli (76) was tied for 13th and Sam Johnston (77) and Taylor Williams (77) were tied for 19th in the 54-man field.

That balance was key on a day when only one player – Greyden Blevins of Southeastern Oklahoma State – even matched par on the 6,574-yard course. Besides OC, only one other squad didn’t have to count an individual score of 80 or higher toward its team score.

Two OC players are competing in the tournament as individuals. Johnny Ellis shot a 73 and was tied for sixth, while Alasdair Dalgliesh fired an 83 and was tie for 41st.

With temperatures in the mid 30s and a wind chill in the mid 20s, the decision was made to shorten the tournament from the traditional three rounds, with two played on Monday, to a 36-hole event with one round each on Monday and Tuesday.

It’s the second time in three tournaments this spring that OC has played in an event shortened due to weather.