Bartlesville, Okla. — Coming off the most successful fall season in recent memory, the OKWU Eagles men’s golf team is gearing up for the spring season. During the fall, the Eagle golfers were able to post two wins as a team in the fall semester.
The Eagles opened the fall with a win at Turkey Creek as part of the Central Christian College Invitational with rounds of 301-298. The Eagles then followed that win up with another victory at the Mid America Christian University Invitational posting rounds of 298-294.
Freshmen Renior Knox posted his first career individual victory at that tournament as well posting rounds of 73-69. The Eagles played themselves into the NCCAA National Tournament in Panama City Beach, Florida.
During their time in Florida, the Eagles played very well. They shot 299-298 in the opening two rounds to secure a place in the final rounds. The conditions played quite worse, and the Eagles shot 307. It all ended up to a 7th place finish. Junior Scott Seymour finished T-13 with rounds of 71-76-72. He was a single shot from being an All-American. There was only one NAIA team that beat the Eagles (the rest were NCAA DII and DIII).
The Eagles will open their spring schedule on February 24th and 25th as part of the Shootout in San Antonio hosted at TPC San Antonio. The tournament is played on the Canyons course which hosts the Champions Tour AT&T Championship every October. The field will include several ranked NAIA teams as well as a top notch junior college.
“We had a great fall, and this will be a chance to see how we measure up against the country’s best,” Head Coach T.J. Dickinson said.
“Our guys will enjoy the opportunity to play a fantastic golf course against a fantastic field.”
From San Antonio, the Eagles will head east. March 10th and 11th, the golfers will compete in Bartlett, TN as part of the Christian Brothers University Spring Invitational. CBU is a NCAA DII school with a great field of both high quality DII and NAIA teams. This is new to the spring schedule, and it will give the players a chance to see new competition.
“It’s always great to play a new golf course against new competition, “Dickinson commented on the tournament. “It will be fun to see how we stack up against a very good field.”
After Spring Break, the Eagles will head to Conway, AR to compete at the Country Club of Arkansas on March 24th and 25th. The event is hosted by fellow Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference member Central Baptist College. The event will again see some of the Midwest’s best NAIA teams.
“Our guys played in this event before I became the coach, and they just rave about the golf course.” Dickinson said of their trip to Arkansas. “It’s always good to see how you play against another conference school.”
After the trip to Arkansas, the spring season continues in Longview, TX at Pinecrest Country Club. The LeTourneau University Spring Invitational will give the Eagles a chance to see some opponents that they are not accustomed to seeing.
“We played this event last year, and it’s a great event.” Dickinson said. “It’s an old-time golf course, and it’s a lot of fun for our players.”
The final tournament of the regular season is April 7th and 8th at the Oklahoma Baptist University Spring Invitational. The tournament is hosted at John Conrad in Midwest City, OK. This is another new event to the Eagles schedule, and Coach Dickinson thinks it will be a good one.
“Anytime you can get great competition in your home state, then I am all for it. OBU is very solid this year, and they have a great field in this tournament. It will be a great test before conference.”
Upon completion of the regular season, the Eagles will travel to Ashland, NE to play the MCAC Conference Tournament on April 27th and 28th. The tournament will be hosted at Quarry Oaks Golf Club. Quarry Oaks is the #1 rated public course in Nebraska.
Coach Dickinson sounded excited to play it, “I have heard nothing but great things about Quarry Oaks. It should be a great place to host conference, and I am excited to see if our guys can play their way into the NAIA National Tournament.”