Eagles rally to take 2nd-round lead in Battle at Primm

OC’s Alasdair Dalgliesh is in second place, one shot behind the leader, entering the final round of the Battle at Primm.

PRIMM, Nev. (March 26, 2012) – No. 1-ranked Oklahoma Christian rallied from a two-shot deficit after the first round to take the lead after Monday’s second round in the Battle at Primm at Primm Valley Golf Club.

Against a packed field that includes eight teams in the NAIA top 25, OC had a two-round score of 1-over-par 577, five shots ahead of No. 2-ranked Oklahoma City University.

A third Sooner Athletic Conference squad, No. 14 Wayland Baptist (Texas), was third at 584, and two others – Lubbock Christian (Texas) and Oklahoma Baptist – were tied for fourth at 587 with California State-San Marcos and No. 3-ranked Grand View (Iowa).

It’s the fifth consecutive tournament for OC in which the Eagles will carry the team lead into the final round.

In the individual race, OC’s Alasdair Dalgliesh fired two rounds of 3-under-par 69 on the 7,131-yard layout and will enter Tuesday’s final round in second at 138, one shot behind Oklahoma Baptist’s Chase Lindsey.

“Ali was phenomenal today,” OC coach David Lynn said. “His morning round was awesome and huge for our team.”

The Eagles stood in fourth after the first round Monday after posting a team score of 294, but improved to a 283 for the second round. Except for Dalgliesh, every OC golfer improved from the first round to the second round. Logan Herbst, who was tied for ninth, fired a 75, then a bogey-free 70 for a 145.

OC’s Vilhelm Bogstrand (74-73) and Preston Wilkins (76-71) were tied for 15th at 147, while Jared Consoli (79-74) is tied for 52nd at 153.

“I felt going in to today that we had a solid game plan for the course and the day,” Lynn said. “We were maybe a bit too aggressive and made a lot of mistakes today, especially early in the first round. Logan was 7-over after 11 holes and played his last seven 4-under, which was huge because Jared was struggling.

“In the morning, we had five double (bogeys) and in the afternoon four. We made a lot of birdies and if we can play a little smarter tomorrow, we will have a great chance to win.”

The Eagles won their first two tournaments of the spring before losing in a one-hole playoff to OCU in their most recent event, the UST Mamiya TX Intercollegiate in Fort Worth, Texas.