Golf Team Wins Second National Title
The OC men’s golf team won its second NAIA national championship in three years behind individual champion Oscar Stark and runner-up Axel Ochoa.
The Eagles finished 22 strokes ahead of British Columbia to give head coach David Lynn (96) his first national title. Kelsey Cline led OC to the 2009 crown.
Oklahoma Christian has placed in the top four at nationals for 12 straight years, 10 of those under Lynn.
“It is an amazing feeling to win after all of our close finishes,” Lynn said. “It was a very special year. We worked incredibly hard to prepare for this event, and to win in the fashion we did was extremely satisfying.”
Oscar Stark led wire-to-wire and totaled a four-under 280 to become OC’s first individual national champion in the sport. He was the only golfer to finish under par overall.
“It feels incredible to be able to perform on top when it really matters, especially when it was my last college event,” Stark said.
Ochoa finished five strokes behind Stark. Preston Wilkins, who became OC’s second individual Sooner Athletic Conference champion in April, and Logan Herbst tied for 13th at nationals. Vilhelm Bogstrand tied for 37th.
All five members of OC’s national championship team earned NAIA All-America honors. Stark, Ochoa and Herbst were first-team selections. Wilkins was named to the NAIA’s second team and Bogstrand earned honorable mention.
Stark and Ochoa, who also were selected as first-team PING All-Americans, are four-time NAIA honorees and two-time national champions. Wilkins also played on OC’s 2009 title team.
The Golf Coaches Association of America honored Lynn as the 2011 NAIA national coach of the year.
View more stories from the Fall 2011 issue of Vision magazine.