Eagles take 1st golf title of spring, winning Lions Classic

OC players (from left) Taylor Williams, Logan Herbst, Sam Johnston, Vilhelm Bogstrand and Jared Consoli pose with the team trophy after winning the Lions Classic on Tuesday.
OC players (from left) Taylor Williams, Logan Herbst, Sam Johnston, Vilhelm Bogstrand and Jared Consoli pose with the team trophy after winning the Lions Classic on Tuesday.

FORT SMITH, Ark. (March 26, 2013) – Led by top-10 finishes by Logan Herbst and Sam Johnson, Oklahoma Christian held off Heartland Conference rival Dallas Baptist (Texas) by two shots to win the Lions Classic, which ended Tuesday at Hardscrabble Country Club.

OC’s team score of 293 gave the Eagles a two-day score of 595. Dallas Baptist closed with a 291 and finished at 597. A third Heartland squad, Newman (Kan.), was another three shots back at 600.

The win was the first for OC since the Eagles won the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship last fall in Panama City Beach, Fla.

“It’s great to get our first spring win this week,” OC coach David Lynn said. “The course and conditions were a constant battle but we fought through that.”

None of OC’s players contended for the individual title, which was won by Oklahoma’s Charlie Saxon, whose two-round score of 1-over-par 141 was good for a two-shot victory. But most of the Eagles posted solid rounds on Tuesday.

Herbst’s 2-over 72 on the 6,574-yard course left him at 146, tied for sixth. Johnston shot a 71 and closed at 148, tied for ninth.

Taylor Williams finished tied for 13th after shooting a 74 and closing at 151. Jared Consoli was another shot back at 152, tied for 16th, after shooting a 76 for the second straight day.

Only Vilhelm Bogstrand struggled on Tuesday.  He shot an 82 and ended up at 157, tied for 29th in the 54-man field.

Two OC players competed as individuals in the tournament. Johnny Ellis tied Herbst for sixth after shooting a 73, while Alasdair Dalgliesh shot a 2-under 68 – the best round by any player in the tournament, and 15 shots better than his first-round score – to close at 151, tied with Williams.

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