Eagles (9-under) lead after 2 rounds in Arizona desert

Sam Johnston fired a pair of under-par rounds and is tied for sixth after the first day of the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate.
Sam Johnston fired a pair of under-par rounds and is tied for sixth after the first day of the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (Sept. 30, 2013) – Led by a strong showing by senior Alasdair Dalgliesh, Oklahoma Christian stood at 9-under-par and held a four-shot lead after the first two rounds of the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate at The Golf Club of Estrella on Monday.

The Eagles, ranked 21st in the most recent Golf World/Nike Golf NCAA Division II coaches’ poll, followed a first-round 282 with a second-round 285 to stand at 567. Tournament host Western New Mexico was second at 571, followed by Colorado Christian at 576 and California Baptist at 577.

No. 25-ranked St. Mary’s (Texas) was tied for fifth in the 20-team field with Midwestern State (Texas) at 584.

Dalgliesh opened the tournament with a 5-under 67 – posting seven birdies in the process – and came back in the afternoon round with a 71. He was tied for second with Derek Oland of Midwestern State at 6-under entering the final round on Tuesday, three shots behind Colin Prater of Colorado Mesa.

Sam Johnston also fired a pair of under-par rounds for the Eagles, shooting a 71 and a 70 to close the first day at 3-under. He was tied for sixth in the 98-player field.

Trey Payne shined with a first-round 69 before firing a 79 during the afternoon. But a pair of teammates picked him up, as Taylor Williams and Johnny Ellis each shot a 72 in the second round after each opened with a 75 in the morning round.

Ellis and Williams were tied for 31st at 3-over, while Payne was tied for 40th at 4-over.

“I thought this morning’s round was outstanding,” OC coach David Lynn said. “Ali and Trey played some great golf.

“I was extremely proud of the way we grinded out our afternoon round. The guys were pretty tired. Johnny and Taylor and Sam stepped up to improve on their rounds, which is hard to do. I am very pleased with how we competed all day.”

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