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Eagles tied for lead in rain-delayed Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational

OC's Johnny Ellis watches an eagle putt roll in on No. 4 on Monday afternoon at Tascosa Country Club.
OC's Johnny Ellis watches an eagle putt roll in on No. 4 on Monday afternoon at Tascosa Country Club.

AMARILLO, Texas (Sept. 16, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s men’s golf team will try to finish Tuesday what the Eagles started in strong fashion.

Heavy rains that pounded the Amarillo area on Monday afternoon interrupted the second round of the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational at Tascosa Golf Club. OC was about halfway finished with the round and will join the other 15 teams in the field in finishing up the second round, starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The final round will follow immediately after the second round is completed.

The Eagles, ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, put themselves in good position with a strong first round. OC shot a 277 (11-under-par) on the par-72, 6,538-yard layout and were tied for the lead with Wayland Baptist (Texas), the only NAIA team in the tournament.

Colorado School of Mines was four shots back in third place, with Colorado State-Pueblo and tournament host West Texas A&M tied for fourth at 283.

It was the bottom of the OC lineup that came through big for the Eagles in the first round. Senior Johnny Ellis – playing as the Eagles’ No. 4 man – was tied for third after a 67. He stood 2-under-par midway through his second round, thanks to an eagle on the par-5 No. 4.

Ellis was two shots behind Anders Ellingsberg of Wayland Baptist and Matt Porter of Colorado State-Pueblo.

OC junior Taylor Williams, playing at the No. 3 position, fired a 68 in the first round and was tied for fourth in the 90-man field. No. 5 man Trey Payne birdied two of his final three holes in the first round to finish at 2-under 70.

Sam Johnston had an up-and-down round, recording six birdies but finishing at 72, while Alasdair Dalgliesh shot a 77.