OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (Oct. 14, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian golf coach David Lynn wanted to sharpen up his squad before next week’s National Christian College Athletic Association Championship, so he entered the Eagles in an NCAA Division I tournament this week.
Judging from the first-day results, the Eagles appear to be primed and ready.
The Eagles, ranked No. 21 among Division II programs, overcame intermittent rain and gusty winds and shot rounds of 296 and 284 – the latter the best by any of the 15 teams in the field – to stand in second place Monday in the Bill Ross Intercollegiate, hosted by Missouri-Kansas City at Milburn Golf and Country Club.
OC, the only Division II squad in the tournament, trailed Central Arkansas by one shot entering Tuesday’s final round on the par-72, 7,054-yard course. The Eagles were five shots ahead of Louisiana-Monroe, eight shots ahead of Wichita State, 11 shots ahead of Denver, 12 shots ahead of Northern Iowa and 15 shots clear of Oral Roberts.
Three Eagles were in the individual top 10 in the 80-man field – Alasdair Dalgliesh (tied for third at even par), Johnny Ellis (tied for seventh at 1-over) and Sam Johnston (ninth at 3-over). Dalgliesh trailed co-leaders Pep Angles of Central Arkansas and Easton Key of Arkansas State by one shot.
“I’m very pleased with our team score and the composure we showed today in tough conditions,” Lynn said.
All five OC players improved their scores from the first to the second rounds. Dalgliesh shot rounds of 72 and 70, while Ellis went from a 74 to a 69 and Johnston went from a 74 to a 71.
“I was very impressed with Ali’s play today,” Lynn said. “He only bogeyed the ninth hole in the morning and played bogey-free in the afternoon. Johnny Ellis’ round this afternoon was outstanding.”
Taylor Williams posted scores of 76 and 75 and was tied for 38th at 151, while Trey Payne improved from an 80 to a 74 and was tied for 57th at 154.
The Eagles were tied for fourth after the first round before their sizzling second round.
“We got off to a terrible start this morning,” Lynn said. “I was extremely pleased to see how we fought back throughout the first round. We actually finished poorly to shoot 8-over. In the afternoon we played solid.”