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Despite rough opening day, Eagles just 5 shots back in San Antonio Shoot-Out

OC junior Trey Payne was tied for ninth after two rounds in the San Antonio Shoot-Out.
OC junior Trey Payne was tied for ninth after two rounds in the San Antonio Shoot-Out.

SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 17, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian certainly didn’t play its best golf on the first day of the season-opening San Antonio Shoot-Out, but that doesn’t mean the Eagles didn’t finish the day in contention.

OC posted team scores of 299 and 306 on Monday at TPC San Antonio’s Canyons Course and the Eagles’ total of 605 put them in fourth place, just five shots behind the tournament’s co-leaders, Lee (Tenn.) and St. Edward’s (Texas). Central Oklahoma (603) was in third.

The Eagles received a huge boost from their No. 4 player, Trey Payne. The junior from Ardmore shot rounds of 74 and 75 on the par-72, 7,106-yard layout and was tied for ninth in the 76-man field at 149, six shots behind individual leader Mike Hearne of Southern Nazarene.

A shot behind Payne was OC sophomore Sam Johnston, who fired a 74 in the morning and followed that with an afternoon 76, putting him in a tie for 12th. Senior Alasdair Dalgliesh was tied for 15th, overcoming a shaky start for a morning 75 before shooting a second-round 77 to put him at 152.

Another senior, Johnny Ellis, shot rounds of 76 and 78 and was tied for 25th at 154. Freshman Ryan Evans, making his starting debut for the Eagles, shot a 101 in the morning round, but improved in the afternoon, finishing with a 96.

OC is hosting the 15-team tournament, which includes several teams (including the Eagles) that are on the cusp of the NCAA Division II rankings.