OKLAHOMA CITY (July 8, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian will play in six tournaments in five states during the fall 2013 men’s golf season, capped by a trip to Florida as the Eagles seek to defend their National Christian College Athletic Association title.
OC coach David Lynn announced the schedule Monday. It will take the Eagles to Kansas twice, as well as Texas, Arizona and Iowa. Lynn said the OC program is in a transition period as the university goes through the NCAA Division II membership process.
“We are extremely excited to be shifting our focus to a more NCAA Division II schedule,” Lynn said. “Even as we do that, we also are looking forward to defending our NCCAA national championship back at The Hombre in Panama City Beach, Fla., in October. This should be an outstanding fall season."
As they have in recent years, the Eagles will start their fall season in Wichita, Kan., but the tournament host and site will be different. Instead of playing in an event hosted by Wichita State, OC will compete in the Martin Park Invitational, an event hosted by the Eagles’ Heartland Conference rival, Newman (Kan.).
The 36-hole tournament is set for Sept. 9-10 at Reflection Ridge Golf Club, which has hosted several pro events on what is now known as the Web.com Tour. Among the winners of those tournaments were well-known PGA Tour pros Tom Lehman, David Duval and David Toms.
The following week, on Sept. 16-17, the Eagles will play in the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational, hosted by West Texas A&M at Tascosa Golf Club in Amarillo, Texas. The 54-hole tournament was played last year on Tascosa Country Club’s La Paloma Course, a links-style course.
After an off week, the Eagles will return to action Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in the 54-hole Mustang Intercollegiate, hosted by Western New Mexico at The Golf Club of Estrella in Goodyear, Ariz. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus II and is set in the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountains, southwest of Phoenix.
OC then will play in back-to-back tournaments. On Oct. 12, the Eagles will play in the one-day, 36-hole Community First Credit Union Invitational, hosted by Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College at Ottumwa Country Club in Ottumwa, Iowa, a course that dates its history to 1900 and is among the oldest golf clubs west of the Mississippi River.
Two days later – after a short drive to the Kansas City metropolitan area – the Eagles will begin play in the two-day, 54-hole Bill Ross Intercollegiate, hosted by NCAA Division I Missouri-Kansas City at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park, Kan. Founded in 1917, Milburn is home to the oldest original golf course in the Kansas City area.
The next week, from Oct. 21-23, OC will return to The Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, for the NCCAA Championship. In the Eagles’ NCCAA debut last year, they won the national title by a whopping 52 shots. The Hombre is one of the host courses for the second round of the PGA Tour's Qualifying School.
Lynn said he still is working on building the Eagles’ spring schedule.