ADA — Cameron University’s Travis Lovins fired a 5-under-par 67 and eight other golfers finished below par after one round Monday of the East Central University Oak Hills Spring Classic at the rain-soaked par-72 Oak Hills Country Club.
Monday’s scheduled second round was postponed due to more lightning and heavy rains which moved into the Ada area midway through the afternoon. Several players had already began the second round.
Second-round play was to start all over again at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. There will be no scheduled third round.
Lovins, who shot a 2-under on the front nine and 3-under on the back, posted eight birdies and finished two strokes ahead of Northeastern State’s Brad Risenhoover and Brian Ward, along with East Central’s Tate Streater. Risenhoover (34-35), Ward (32-37) and Streater (35-34) each posted a 69.
Indian Hills Community College, ranked second in the latest NJCAA national poll, leads in the team standings after one round with a 285, with NCAA Division II 14th-ranked Northeastern State (286), 12th-ranked Central Oklahoma (287), host East Central (294) and 16th-ranked Cameron (295) rounding out the top five.
Three Indian Hills players — Adam Miller, Brad Smith and John Danielson — each finished the first round with a 71 as did Central
Oklahoma’s Mitch Boles and Todd Dayton. All five are tied for fifth place.
Seventy-one golfers are competing in the event.
Besides Streater’s 69, ECU’s Andrew Bishop (38-36) and Drew Pyrum (38-36) tied five others for 15th place after one round as each finished with a 2-over 74. Teammates Steven Flor (35-42) and Hunter Nickell (41-36) were tied for 37th place with a 77 to round out the team scoring.
ECU’s Ryan Manry and Ryan Webb, competing as an unattached players, also fared pretty well. Manry finished with a 76 (38-38), while Webb also ended up with a 77 (38-39). Also competing as individuals were the Tigers’ Alan Knickmeyer with an 81 (42-39) and Steven Knickmeyer with an 84 (45-39).