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Eagles 2nd in down-to-the-wire finish at TPC San Antonio

OC's Trey Payne fired a final-round 69 in the San Antonio Shoot-Out.
OC's Trey Payne fired a final-round 69 in the San Antonio Shoot-Out.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 26, 2013) – There wasn’t a national title at stake, but the closing round of the San Antonio Shoot-Out on Tuesday resembled the final round of the NAIA Championship last May.

Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma City University and Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) went down to the wire at TPC San Antonio’s Canyons Course, with OCU holding off spirited rallies and emerging as the winner by one shot over OC and two shots over OLLU.

OCU finished with a team score of 607 after posting a 295. The Eagles posted a 291 to finish at 608, while OLLU had the day’s best round, a 287, to close at 609 in a tournament shortened to two rounds, as Monday’s second round was cancelled due to high winds.

The same three teams battled down the stretch last May in the NAIA tournament at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore., with OCU edging OC by three shots for the title after OLLU faded over the final holes.

On Tuesday, they were at it again. The Eagles received a huge boost from Trey Payne, who fired a 3-under-par 69 – matching the best round of the tournament by any player – to improve by a whopping 17 shots over his Monday round.

Three other Eagles shot 74 on the 6,826-yard course – Logan Herbst, Vilhelm Bogstrand and Sam Johnston. Herbst was OC’s top overall finisher, tying for fourth at 150, two shots behind the co-medalists, Sondre Ronold of OCU and Aaron Flores of OLLU.

Bogstrand finished tied for seventh at 152, while Johnston and Payne tied for 16th in the 68-man field at 155. OC’s other first-team player, Johnny Ellis, closed with a 79 to finish at 161, tied for 38th.

OC’s four-man second team improved by six shots in the second round, posting a 319 to finish at 644, tied for 11th in the 13-team field. Taylor Williams was the second team’s top individual finisher, shooting an 80 to finish at 155.

Jared Consoli’s 74 put him at 156, tied for 21st, and Alasdair Dalgliesh’s 79 left him at 159, tied for 31st. Bobby Todd fired his second straight 87 and finished at 174, in 64th place.