Special to The Sun
HERSHEY, Pa. —
No. 18-ranked Central Oklahoma will make its 12th appearance in the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships in Hershey, Pa. next week.
The 54-hole stroke play portion of the tournament runs Monday-Wednesday at the 7,061-yard, par-71 Hershey Country Club East Course, with the top-eight teams from the 20-team field advancing to match play.
Two rounds of match play will be held Thursday before the championship finals match on Friday.
UCO finished third in stroke play last year and won its first-round match before being eliminated in the semifinals by eventual champion Nova Southeastern.
“We’ve played really well in our last few events and are looking forward to seeing what we can do on the national stage,” second-year head coach Pat Bates said. “Our guys have been working hard and they’re determined to make some noise again this year.”
The Bronchos have finished in the top-five in all 11 tournaments this year with four wins and feature a veteran team that includes seniors Dillon Rust, Trevor Stafford and Logan Waresback, junior Chris Muriana and freshman Eric Kline.
Rust has been UCO’s ringleader and carries a 72.8 scoring average. He’s had nine top-10 finishes this season, including two wins and two runner-up showings.
Stafford and Kline have each captured one title this year. Stafford owns a 74.3 average, with Kline at 74.9, Waresback at 75.6 and Muriana at 76.4.