OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (Oct. 15, 2013) – In a field full of NCAA Division I teams, Oklahoma Christian and senior Alasdair Dalgliesh almost walked away with top honors in the Bill Ross Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
In a golf tournament that went down to the final hole, OC – ranked No. 21 in Division II – eventually succumbed by one shot to Central Arkansas, a top-100 Division I squad, and finished second. Dalgliesh, meanwhile, fell on the second hole of a two-man playoff with UCA’s James Newton for medalist honors.
While the close finishes were frustrating, a second-place finish in a 15-team field in which the Eagles were the only non-Division I squad also was encouraging, OC coach David Lynn said.
“All in all, it was a great week,” Lynn said. “I am proud of how we competed as a team. Today we needed to finish off our rounds a little better, especially the last three holes. But Ali was fantastic this week, with his best ball striking of the season. Johnny (Ellis) and Sam (Johnston) played solid and pretty consistent. This was a great way to get ready for the NCCAA Championship.”
In the team race, OC began the day one shot behind Central Arkansas and ended up in the same position, although the Eagles did briefly take the lead early in the round. The teams were essentially tied going into the final three holes until the Purple Bears edged ahead. Both teams posted a team score of 293, leaving Central Arkansas at 872 and OC at 873.
Teams that OC beat included Louisiana-Monroe (third at 882), Denver, Wichita State, tournament host Missouri-Kansas City, Northern Iowa, Arkansas State, Missouri State, Oral Roberts, Air Force, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Drake, Creighton and Western Illinois.
Individually, Dalgliesh entered the day tied for third with Newton and both men shot 3-under-par 69 on the 7,054-yard course to finish at 5-under 211 for the tournament.
Johnston closed with a 70 to finish at 1-under 215, in sixth place, and Ellis gave the Eagles a third top-10 finisher in the 80-man field, shooting a 76 to end up tied for eighth at 3-over 219.
Taylor Williams’ 79 left him tied for 51st at 230 while Trey Payne tied for 58th at 232 after shooting a 78.
The Eagles will travel to Panama City Beach, Fla., this weekend, where they will begin defense of their NCCAA title on Monday at The Hombre Golf Club.