SILVIS, IL (May 27, 2016) - In come from behind fashion Oklahoma City has won the NAIA Championship at the TPC at Deere Run. Oklahoma City began the day seven shots behind British Columbia (CAN) but with an impressive final round they were able to leap frog them during the fourth round.
As a team Oklahoma City was just 2-over on the final day and ended up winning by eight-strokes over British Columbia. All told it was a fifteen stroke final round swing.
Oklahoma City placed three players inside the top-10 with medalist runner-up Matthew Cheung leading the way. Cheung, who finished even-par began the day in a three-way tie for first place but finished the final round three-strokes off the pace. David Ravetto of Texas Wesleyan was able to take home the individual championship.
Cheung started his round slowly with four bogeys on the front nine before recovering on the back nine with four birdies, including three straight on holes 15-17.
Anthony Marchesani, 5-over, was tied for fourth and Rupert Kaminski at 8-over finished tied for ninth.
Medalist winner David Ravetto put together rounds 72-70-71-68--281 on his way to the title. Ravetto started the day in a three-way tie for the lead but by days end was the only player to finish the 72-hole tournament under-par. A French Amateur runner-up, Ravetto, birdied the first hole to kick start his three birdie, two bogey 1-under 34 front nine.
On the back nine the big moment came in the form of an eagle on the par-5 17th. The eagle followed a bogey on 16 and gave Ravetto some much needed breathing room as he closed with another bogey.
With the win Ravetto became the tenth player in Texas Wesleyan history to win the individual championship.
Lawren Rowe (British Columbia) who also began the day with a share of the lead finished third at 3-over. Four others finished 5-over and tied for fourth.
In the team race William Woods (MO) was third while Texas Wesleyan was fourth and Johnson and Wales (FL) was fifth.
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