Eagles headed to Florida to defend NCCAA golf title

Alasdair Dalgliesh hits a tee shot during last year's NCCAA Championship. Dalgliesh and the Eagles got the official word Thursday that they will return to the Florida Panhandle to defend their NCCAA title.
Alasdair Dalgliesh hits a tee shot during last year's NCCAA Championship. Dalgliesh and the Eagles got the official word Thursday that they will return to the Florida Panhandle to defend their NCCAA title.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 26, 2013) – The National Christian College Athletic Association revealed on Thursday the field for the NCCAA Championship for men’s golf, making it official that Oklahoma Christian will have the opportunity to defend its national title.

OC was among 18 teams chosen to play in the 54-hole tournament, set for Oct. 21-23 at The Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla.

“It is an honor for our team to be selected to participate in the NCCAA Championship,” OC coach David Lynn said. “We start the year with a goal to win a championship and we’ll get the opportunity to compete at a fantastic location on a PGA Tour Q-School golf course. We are very excited to defend last year’s title and are working daily to prepare to play our best.”

Last October, the Eagles led wire-to-wire and rolled to an astounding 52-shot win in the NCCAA tournament at The Hombre, capturing the program’s third national title. Led by medalist Vilhelm Bogstrand, all five of OC’s players finished in the top 10. Two players are back for the Eagles this season – senior Alasdair Dalgliesh and sophomore Sam Johnston, who tied for second last year, behind Bogstrand.

Besides OC, 11 other teams that played in the NCCAA Championship last year will compete in this year’s event – Central Baptist (Ark.), Colorado Christian, Dallas Baptist (Texas), Emmanuel (Ga.), Indiana Wesleyan, McMurry (Texas), North Greenville (S.C.), Shorter (Ga.), Southern Wesleyan (S.C.), Southwestern Christian and Union (Tenn.), last year’s national runner-up.

The other teams in the field will be Bethel (Ind.), Cedarville (Ohio), Covenant (Ga.), Lee (Tenn.), Mid-America Christian and Oklahoma Wesleyan.

OC won its fall opener this year, the Newman Fall Invitational in Wichita, Kan., and was a strong third in the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational last week in Amarillo, Texas. The Eagles will play in three more tournaments before heading to the Florida Panhandle.