Eagles rally to take DBU Classic, post 2nd win of spring
IRVING, Texas (April 9, 2013) – Led by top-six finishes by Alasdair Dalgliesh and Sam Johnston, Oklahoma Christian rallied in the final round to win the Dallas Baptist Classic at Hackberry Creek Country Club on Tuesday, giving the Eagles their second tournament title of the spring golf season.
OC, which entered the final round trailing Midwestern State (Texas) by three shots, overcame steady 25-35 mph winds and closed with a 304 to finish at 887, while Midwestern State shot a 313 and fell to third at 893. Host Dallas Baptist (Texas) finished second at 891. The NAIA’s No. 1-ranked team, Texas Wesleyan, was fourth at 900.
The Eagles finished well ahead of the two ranked NCAA Division II squads in the 16-team event. No. 25 St. Edward’s (Texas) tied for 10th at 921 while No. 6 Abilene Christian (Texas) was 12th at 934, although ACU did have the tournament medalist, Alex Carpenter, who shot a final-round 70 and closed at 6-under-par 210, five shots ahead of runner-up Trey Lawson of Cameron.
“To continue our spring semester, it was survival of the fittest this week,” OC coach David Lynn said. “The golf course was very difficult and we managed to make the fewest mistakes.
“It was great to win a quality NCAA Division II tournament.”
Dalgliesh entered the final round tied with Carpenter and closed with a 6-over-par 78 on the 6,964-yard course. Dalgliesh still tied for third, his best individual finish of the spring season.
Johnston led the Eagles on Tuesday with a 73 and finished sixth at 219. Logan Herbst gave OC a third top-20 finisher in the 86-man field, shooting a final-round 77 to tie for 17th at 225.
“It was great to have Ali get back on his game,” Lynn said. “He had a nice finish despite struggling today. Sam also played consistent on a day when it was just impossible to control your golf ball.”
Vilhelm Bogstrand shot a 76 and closed at 228, tied for 25th, while Taylor Williams tied for 37th at 232 after firing a 78.
Playing as an individual, OC’s Johnny Ellis finished 36th at 231 after posting a final-round 79.