OC golf wins at TPC Four Seasons; 2-for-2 in spring

OC’s Jared Consoli hits a tee shot during Tuesday’s final round of the Wyndham Spring Invitational at TPC Four Seasons in Las Colinas, Texas. Consoli earned medalist honors and led OC to the team title.

LAS COLINAS, Texas (March 6, 2012) – Jared Consoli picked up his first collegiate tournament win, leading No. 1-ranked Oklahoma Christian to a 12-shot victory Tuesday in the Wyndham Spring Invitational at TPC Four Seasons.

Vilhelm Bogstrand and Preston Wilkins also posted top-10 finishes for the Eagles, who are now 2-for-2 in winning tournaments this spring. Their latest win came on a course that annually hosts the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship.

“The team played great,” OC coach David Lynn said. “We really hit the ball well this week and played smart. This golf course is very punishing and when we made mistakes we recovered well and didn’t dwell on them.”

In the team race, OC finished with an 873 score, 12 shots better than unranked Southern Nazarene and No. 3 Oklahoma City University, who tied for second. No. 6 Texas Wesleyan (890) and No. 18 Rogers State (898) rounded out the top five in the 15-team field that included nine squads ranked in the NAIA preseason poll. No. 2-ranked Grand View (Iowa) finished eighth, 43 shots behind OC.

“In the past two weeks we have played against 13 of the top 25 teams in the country and to win both events, I couldn’t be more pleased,” Lynn said. “We have a lot of work to do to get better but this is a great start to achieving our goals.”

Consoli entered the final round with a two-shot lead and fired a 3-over 73 on Tuesday, battling consistent winds of 20-30 mph. He was tied with SNU’s Sam Russell with two holes to play, but on the par-3 No. 17 hole, he hit a 5-iron to within eight feet and made par, while Russell made a double bogey.

Consoli made a 20-foot putt from the fringe on No. 18 to save par and seal the win. Consoli finished at 1-over-par 211, with Russell at 213 and Oklahoma City University’s James Marchesani third at 214.

“I am extremely happy and proud of Jared,” OC coach David Lynn said. “He has been working very hard on his game this semester. He bested a very good field and this will give him a ton of confidence moving forward.”

Bogstrand (77) and Wilkins (75) tied for seventh at 220 and OC’s Logan Herbst tied for 11th at 223 after firing a 75 on Tuesday. OC’s fifth player, Alasdair Dalgliesh, finished tied for 25th at 228 after shooting a 76.

The Eagles will play their third tournament in as many weeks starting Sunday, when they begin play in the UST Mamiya Intercollegiate at Hawks Creek Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas.