(McPherson, KS)- The Oklahoma Wesleyan men’s golf team began the season Monday and Tuesday at the Central Christian College Invitational in McPherson, KS.
The tournament was hosted at Turkey Creek Golf Club. For the first time in the history of the golf program, the Eagles were able to bring both an A and B team to the tournament. It proved successful for both teams.
The first day saw the wind blow up to 35 mph. The golf course played tricky, but the Eagles were up to the test. At the end of the day, there was a 7-way tie for the lead. The Eagles boasted four of the seven. Clayton Sikorski (Sr., Toronto, Canada) shot an opening round 75 to be a part of that tie.
The other three Eagles tied for the lead at the end of day one were freshmen. Renior Knox (Corpus Christi, TX), Spencer Colson (Tulsa, OK), and Josh Gonzales (Arlington, TX) were also able to shoot rounds of 75.
The Eagles A team shot 301 and held a 6 shot lead after the first day. Sikorski, Colson, and Knox led the way for the A team. Scott Seymour (Jr., Moore, OK) was able to post 76. The other member of the Eagles A team was Alejandro Lopez (Fr., Colombia, South America) who shot an opening round 82.
The Eagles B team shot 307 and was in second place by 7 shots over Kansas Wesleyan. Gonzales led the way for the B team on the first day. Kyle Essary (Soph., Shawnee, KS) and Taylor Asbill (Fr. Watts, OK) shot opening rounds of 76 to finish one shot off the lead. Curtis Johnson (Sr., Temecula, CA) shot a first round 80, and Conner Eadie (Fr., Euless, TX) shot a first round 82.
“It was a great opening day for us,” Head Coach T.J. Dickinson said. “We left some shots out there, but we are where we want to be. We need to come back and play a solid round tomorrow.”
The Eagles did just that. The A team was able to eclipse the 300 mark and shoot 298. It was a two day total of 599, which gave the Eagles A team the victory. Alejandro Lopez shot the round of the tournament with a 70 to move him into 5th place individually.
Colson followed up his opening 75 with a 74 and finished 3rd individually. Clayton Sikorski was consistent with another 75 to finished 4th overall. Scott Seymour was able to shoot 79 on the second day, and Renior Knox shot a final round 82. It was the Eagles first tournament victory since the MCAC Conference Tournament in 2006.
The B team was able to be equally successful finishing 2nd as a team to the A team. They shot a second round 312. Curtis Johnson shot a second round 76 to lead the B team. Kyle Essary and Conner Eadie both shot 77 in the second round. Taylor Asbill shot 82, and Josh Gonzales finished with 86.
“It always feels good to win, but it is really great to see both teams play well, “said Dickinson. “It was a victory for both teams. The B team beat three other team’s first teams. To me, that speaks volumes for our program. It was good to see all 10 members contribute.”