ARDMORE — Rogers State men’s and women’s golf teams will tee up Monday for the opening round of the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship at Dornick Hills Golf & Country Club in Ardmore, Okla.
The tournament takes place April 22-23 as both men’s and women’s programs in the SAC will battle for entry into the NAIA Championships. This year's SAC Championships will feature the men and the women playing on the same course simultaneously. The men will tee off on the first hole, while the women will start from the 10th tee.
The SAC boasts of the most ranked men’s teams of any NAIA league. OCU holds the No. 2 spot, while Wayland Baptist has the 12th slot. Lubbock Christian sits at No. 18, while Oklahoma Baptist is 22nd. The men’s tournament starts 8 a.m. Monday.
Rogers State, who is receiving votes in the national rankings, along with John Brown and Mid-America Christian rounds out the men’s tournament field.
The Hillcat men will head to the tournament with Garrett Fey, Tanner Owens, Preston Bartley, Hagen Barmasse and Mark Healy as coach Lynn Blevins’ selected five.
Owens, a senior, leads the Hillcats with the lowest average score at 75.41 on the season totaling two rounds in the 60s and six rounds of par or better. Freshman Garrett Fey is averaging five-over par on the season in his 22 rounds. Bartley holds the team low score of the season shooting a 65 at the U.C. Ferguson Classic in September. Barmasse in 11 rounds of tournament play this season is averaging 5.82 over par with two rounds of par or better in four tournaments played. Healy has competed in three tournaments this season for the Hillcats with an average score of 79.29.
The SAC leads all NAIA leagues with all five of its women’s teams in the latest national top 25. OCU moved up to second, while Lubbock Christian went to fourth. Wayland Baptist sits 11th, Rogers State 21st and Oklahoma Baptist cracked the ratings at No. 25.