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June 30, 2014

Verplank, teammates nab All-Region honors

OKLA. CITY —  Four Oklahoma City University men’s golfers made the All-NAIA Central Region team as awarded by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The Stars’ Anthony Marchesani, James Marchesani, Garrison Mendoza and Scott Verplank out of Oklahoma Christian School took All-Region honors, while OCU’s Mark Anderson was named an NAIA scholar-athlete.

James Marchesani, a senior from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, became a four-time All-Region selection. Marchesani took the O.D. Bounds medalist trophy in the NAIA Championships May 13-16 in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

Marchesani finished his OCU career with five tournament victories, including three playoff wins. Marchesani won the NAIA Preview, Texas Intercollegiate, Oklahoma Baptist Invitational, Sooner Athletic Conference Championships and NAIA Championships this season. Marchesani earned the NAIA Arnold Palmer Award, SAC Player of the Year as well as two NAIA Golfer of the Week awards and three SAC Golfer of the Week nods this season. He paced the NAIA with a 70.74 stroke average, which is the third-best season stroke average by an OCU golfer ever.

Marchesani became Oklahoma City University’s fifth four-time All-American and fifth individual national champion. Marchesani posted the second-best career stroke average by an OCU golfer with a 72.22.

Anthony Marchesani, a sophomore from Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, notched his second All-Region accolade. Marchesani captured the Claud Jacobs Invitational Feb. 16-17 and All-SAC honors with his third-place finish in the SAC Championships April 21-22. Marchesani was named SAC Golfer of the Week for Feb. 16-23. He had a 71.96 stroke average this season.

Mendoza, a freshman from Clinton, tallied three top-10 finishes, including a tie for sixth place in the SAC Championships this season. Mendoza hit a hole-in-one during a practice round April 15 on the par-4 17th hole at Twin Hills Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City. Mendoza carded 73.85 shots per round in 2013-14.

Verplank, a sophomore from Edmond, reeled in three top-10 showings, including a fourth-place finish in the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational and a fifth-place performance in the San Antonio Shootout. Verplank recorded 73.91 strokes per 18 holes this season.

Anderson, a senior from Wichita, compiled a 3.88 cumulative grade-point average seeking a business degree. He became a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete award winner.

In his four-year Stars career, Anderson accumulated a 77.73 stroke average, including 77.40 strokes per round this season. He finished in 26th place in the Mid-South Sept. 9-10. Anderson took the 2013-14 male Jim Wade Award as OCU’s men’s Student-Athlete of the Year. He and James Marchesani were part of teams that won three SAC championships and two national crowns.

The Stars finished runner-up in the 2014 NAIA Championships after winning the past two national championships. Oklahoma City owns national titles won in 2001-2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

 

All-NAIA Central Region

Ian Ansett, Wayland Baptist

Nikolaj Brons-Piche, Texas Wesleyan

Ryan Connolly, Wayland Baptist

Steven Diak, Wayland Baptist

Anders Ellingsberg, Wayland Baptist

Mateo Gomez, Oklahoma Baptist

Nicolas Herrera, Bellevue

Ben Johnson, Bethany (Kan.)

Anthony Marchesani, Oklahoma City

James Marchesani, Oklahoma City

Garrison Mendoza, Oklahoma City

Drew Posada, Oklahoma Baptist

Jose Rolz, Texas Wesleyan

Jose Vega, Bellevue

Scott Verplank, Oklahoma City

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