Pool shares fourth place after one round; East Central in seventh place
THACKERVILLE — East Central University’s Zac Pool fired a 1-over-par 73 and shared fourth place with three others after one round of the 2010 Lone Star Conference Men’s Golf Championships Sunday at the par-72 WinStar Golf Course.
Pool, a senior from Poteau, was five shots off the lead held by Midwestern State’s Travis Klutts, who recorded a 4-under 68. Klutts registered three birdies, one eagle and only one bogey (on hole No. 1) in the first round.
Cameron’s Michael Lee is three strokes off the lead in second place with a minus-71 while Abilene Christian’s Cyril Bouniol carved out an even-par 72 and sits in third place.
Pool posted four birdies and five bogeys in the opening round as he fired a 1-under on the back nine.
The only hole he bogeyed on the back was No. 16, but came back with a birdie on the par-3 No. 17 and achieved par on 18 to round out play. He also birdied holes No. 4 (par 4), 6 (par 5) and 11 (par 4) earlier in the day.
Cameron University, with a 5-over 293, holds the team lead by two shots over second-place Central Oklahoma (295). Midwestern State is in third place at 296, followed by Abilene Christian (298) and Northeastern State (298), which is tied for fourth place.
Texas A&M-Commerce is in sixth at 301, followed by ECU (302), Southwestern Oklahoma State (307), Southeastern Oklahoma State (309) and West Texas A&M (313).
ECU’s Bryeson Lance was tied with five others for 19th place with a 3-over-par 75. Lance reached par on 13 holes and had one birdie on No. 4.
Teammate Michael Vassella was tied with four others for 25th place with a 4-over 76. Jeff Weisheit was deadlocked with five others for 33rd place with a 6-over 78 and Travis Keeley was knotted with five others for 42nd with an 8-over 80.
The second round was scheduled for today at the WinStar Course while the third, and final, round is set for Tuesday.
ECU women’s golf team in eighth place after one round of LSC Championships
THACKERVILLE — The East Central University Lady Tigers sit in eighth place after one round of the rain-soaked 2010 Lone Star Conference Golf Championships on Sunday at the par-72 WinStar Course.
Megan Dutton shot a 10-over-par 82 (40-42 nine-hole totals) and is in 20th place to lead the ECU effort. She is eight shots behind the leader Cassy Knight, of the University of Central Oklahoma. Knight fired a 2-over 74 and leads the three-day, three-round event over teammate Raelynn Farthing, who shot a 4-over 76.
West Texas A&M leads the team standings with a score of 318, followed by Tarleton State (321), Northeastern State (321), Angelo State (322), Central Oklahoma (322), Cameron (328), Midwestern State (331), ECU (347), Texas A&M-Commerce (353) and Southwestern Oklahoma State (363).
WTAMU has three players in the top 10, two of whom (Mollie Peterson and Hammerli Sriyai) are tied for fifth place after shooting 78s.
ECU’s Ashley Cardwell (43-45) and Emily Wharton (45-43) are tied for 35th place. Teammate Whitney McDaniel (45-44) is tied with two others for 39th place and Carol Blanton is tied for 42nd with a 90 (46-44).
Cardwell and Blanton each had one birdie in the opening round. Cardwell birdied the par-4 No. 4 hole while Blanton birdied the par-4 No. 16.
The second round was scheduled for today while the third, and final, round is set for Tuesday.
ECU women’s golfer McDaniel named to LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll
THACKERVILLE — East Central University women’s golfer Whitney McDaniel was named to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for her academic achievements for 2009-10.
McDaniel, a junior from Sulphur Springs, Texas, is a kinesiology education major.
In order to make the LSC All-Academic Team or Commissioner’s Honor Roll, student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.30 grade point average, be at least a sophomore and must have completed at least one academic year from their nominating institution.
ECU’s Pool, Vassella receive postseason golf awards
THACKERVILLE — Two East Central University senior golfers, Zac Pool and Michael Vassella, received postseason honors Sunday night in conjunction with the Lone Star Conference Championships, which began earlier in the day.
Pool, from Poteau, was named to the All-LSC Second Team for his performances this season. He was once named LSC Golfer of the Week once this season after posting a 3-over-par, third-place finish at Midwestern State.
He also tied for second place behind teammate Travis Keeley as the Tigers won the Texas A&M-Commerce Crawford-Wade Invitational in Pottsboro, Texas, earlier this season after finishing with a 7-over effort. He also placed sixth at the Henderson State Tournament in Hot Springs, Ark.
Vassella was named to the five-member LSC All-Academic Team. He is a business management major out of Altus.
To be selected to the All-Academic Team, student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.30 grade-point average, must at least be a sophomore and must have completed one full academic year from their nominating institution.
Vassella has consistently been ECU’s fourth- or fifth-best golfer this season. He was named to the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for his academic success as a sophomore in 2008 and a junior in 2009.
Remainder of ECU/Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball series canceled
ADA — The remainder of the East Central University/Texas A&M-Kingsville four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series, scheduled to be completed Sunday, has been canceled due to a steady rain which blanketed the state of Oklahoma this past weekend.
The two teams were able to get in the first two games of the series on Friday and Saturday. But Saturday’s third game of the series was not completed due to increasing rainfall after three innings with TAMUK leading 7-1. The third and fourth games of the series will not be made up.
The visiting Javelinas won the first two games of the series, 12-7 and 14-3.
The next action for ECU (9-26) will be Tuesday as it hosts Oklahoma Baptist in a 3 p.m. nine-inning, non-conference game at Tiger Field. ECU then returns to LSC play on Friday and Saturday to entertain Southeastern Oklahoma State in a pair of 1 p.m. doubleheaders.
ECU’s home softball doubleheader with UCO canceled
ADA — The final two games of East Central University’s four-game Lone Star Conference North softball series with the University of Central Oklahoma has been canceled due to the weather.
The two teams were originally scheduled to play on Saturday before steady ran forced the postponement. Sunday’s action was also canceled due to a steady rain as the two games will not be made up.
ECU and UCO split a doubleheader in Edmond last week.
The Lady Tigers go outside of conference play for a pair of doubleheaders this week. ECU plays at Bacone College in Muskogee for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday before playing at Oklahoma Panhandle State in Goodwell on Friday.