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Golf takes runner-up finish at national tournament

Monday, May 24, 2010   (0 Comments)
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SILVIS, Ill (May 21, 2010) – The 2009 national champion Oklahoma Christian golf team placed second at the NAIA tournament held at TPC at Deere Run, coming in just five strokes behind this year’s champ, Oklahoma City University. The Eagles fired a 291 for the final round on Friday with Oklahoma City finishing just three strokes ahead with a 288. The Stars started the day off with a two stroke advantage over the Eagles and finished out the tournament with a score of 1184 to the Eagles’ 1189. After being tied for third heading into the final round, the Eagles edged out Malone College (Ohio) by one stroke for the runner-up finish. Malone shot a 294 for the fourth round to finish overall with a 1190. The Eagles were led again on day four by Oscar Stark who shot a 71. Stark went 71-75-75-71 to total 292 overall and finish seventh in the tournament. Axel Ochoa and Logan Herbst both came away with 73’s for the fourth round while Preston Wilkins shot a 74 to contribute to the Eagles’ 291 performance. Ochoa finished with a score of 295 going 67-78-77-73 during the tournament to finish in a tie for 12th individually. Vilhelm Bogstrand closed out the tournament with a 76 as the Eagles’ fifth man on day four. Stark and Ochoa earned All-Tournament honors, placing in the top 16 individuals. "Anytime a team finishes runner-up at the national championship, it is something to be very proud of,” said head coach Kelsey Cline. "Our goal this year was to win another championship so it is somewhat dissatisfying, but all of us are very fortunate to have been at this event.” "These young men worked very hard this year as well as the four additional players not at the event,” said Cline. "I feel privileged to coach these young men and be a member of the OC family. We will return to TPC Deere Run next year with the goal of another championship.” The OC golf team has finished no lower than fourth place in the national tournament since 2000 and has earned four runner-up finishes during that time. The team won the program’s first national championship a year ago. -OC-

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