With 4 in top 10, Eagles rally to win Newman Fall Invitational

OC junior Taylor Williams was one of three Eagles who tied for sixth as the Eagles won the Newman Fall Invitational.
OC junior Taylor Williams was one of three Eagles who tied for sixth as the Eagles won the Newman Fall Invitational.

WICHITA, Kan. (Sept. 10, 2013) – Four Oklahoma Christian players finished in the top 10 and the Eagles rallied on the final day of the tournament to capture the season-opening Newman Fall Invitational at Reflection Ridge Golf Club.

OC posted a final-day team score of 289 to finish the two-round tournament at 582, two shots better than junior-college power Indian Hills (Iowa). Cameron was another five shots back, finishing third in the seven-team event at 589.

The Eagles, ranked No. 24 among NCAA Division II programs, entered the day trailing Indian Hills by three shots, but made up that gap with consistency throughout their lineup. Alasdair Dalgliesh shot a 3-under-par 69 on the 6,754-yard layout to tie for sixth at 145.

Sam Johnston (74) and Taylor Williams (72) also finished at 145, while Johnny Ellis (74) tied for ninth at 147.

OC’s No. 5 player, Trey Payne, shot a 75 to finish at 151, in 19th place in the 43-man field. Two other Eagles played as individuals, with Ryan Evans (74) finishing tied for 11th at 149 and Jackson Stuteville (77) finishing tied for 23rd at 153.

"It was great to start the year off with a come-from-behind win," OC coach David Lynn said. "I felt we showed a lot of maturity and played steady golf overall. We have a lot of things to work on. We made way too many mistakes. As a team we made 36 birdies to shoot 6-over for two rounds. That's not efficient golf. But I am encouraged by what I saw and look forward to the rest of the semester."

The team tournament win was the 55th in OC golf history and extends to 16 academic years the Eagles’ streak of having won at least one tournament title.

The Eagles will return to action next Monday and Tuesday in the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational, hosted by West Texas A&M at the Tascosa Golf Club in Amarillo, Texas.