Knox Gets First Collegiate Win, OKWU Golf Wins Second Tournament of the Fall

Renior Knox with his medal
Renior Knox with his medal

(Moore, OK)- The Oklahoma Wesleyan men’s golf team continued the season Monday and Tuesday at the Mid-America Christian Invitational in Moore, OK.  The tournament was hosted at Earlywine Golf Club.

The Eagles again took two teams, and the two teams again were both successful.

The first day saw a normal Oklahoma September day.  The winds blew around 25 mph, but the Eagles were up to the test.  At the end of the day, Kyle Essary (Soph., Shawnee, KS) and Scott Seymour (Jr., Moore, OK) were atop the leader board.

They shot an opening round of 72, and that was good enough to give them a one shot lead.  Essary (playing as part of the “B” team) and Seymour (playing as part of the “A”) were the leaders after the first day for the first time in their college career.

The “A” team shot an opening round of 294 to lead by two over the “B” team.  The Eagles had a 19 shot lead over the next closest team not located in Bartlesville, OK.  Curtis Johnson (Sr. Temecula, CA) and Renior Knox (Fr., Corpus Christi, TX) fired an opening round 73 to finish one shot off the lead.  Clayton Sikorski (Sr., Burlington, Ontario, Canada) and Spencer Colson (Fr., Tulsa, OK) shot an opening round 76.

The “B” team shot an opening round of 296 to trail the “A” team by two shots.  They had 17 shot lead over the next closest team, Kansas Wesleyan.  Essary paced the “B” team, but Alejandro Lopez (Fr., Medellin, Colombia) shot an opening round 73 to finish one shot off the lead.  Taylor Asbill (Fr., Watts, OK) shot an opening round 75, Josh Gonzales (Fr., Arlington, TX) shot an opening round 76, and Connor Eadie (Fr., Euless, TX) shot an opening round 79.

Posing for photo after the victory
Posing for photo after the victory

“Both of our teams played really well again today,” Head Coach T.J. Dickinson said.  “I felt like our “B” team put together an exceptional round, and I am excited to see those guys play well.  Our “A” team was solid, and we have positioned ourselves to finish on top.”

The Eagles came out and finished off the second round with a bang.  Renior Knox shot 69 to finish as the individual medalist.  Knox birdied his final two holes to finish the round at 1-under par and a two day total of 142.  That was good enough for a three shot victory.

The “A” team was able to better their first round of 294 with a second round of 292.  Knox would shoot the low round of the tournament to pace the “A” team.  Seymour would shoot a second round 73 to finish second with a two day total of 145.  Colson played another solid round, shooting 74.  Sikorski would contribute the 4th score of the day with a 76, and Johnson shot a final round 77.

The B team was able to be equally successful finishing 2nd as a team to the A team.  They shot a second round 307.  Lopez fired a second round 73, and he finished 3rdindividually.  Asbill followed up his opening 75 with a 76.  Gonzales contributed a 78,  Essary shot a final round 80, and Eadie finished at 87.

Team Poses for a photo
Team Poses for a photo

“It was another great week for the Eagles golf team,” Dickinson said.  “We were able to take home two trophies as a team, and we cleaned up in the individual category.  I am proud of our effort, and we accomplished something special this week.”

The Eagles were able to put together a multiple win fall for the first time in school history.  The Eagles will continue to build upon that success and look forward to finishing the fall strong.