Nov 4, 2013 11:38 PM by UL Sports Information
GULF SHORES, Ala. - In action for the final time this fall, the Ragin' Cajuns golf team finds itself in fifth place, just three strokes out of first, after the first day of play at the ASU Fall Beach Classic on Monday. The 54-hole tournament is being held at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club Marsh Lakes Course.
Louisiana carded a two-round total of seven-over par (583) fueled by an afternoon round of two-under (286).
West Florida leads the tournament at four-over (580). Louisiana Tech, ULM and Arkansas State are tied for second at six-over par (582).
"We came out really flat today," head coach Theo Sliman said. "Our opening nine holes of this tournament was terrible, and really put us behind the eight ball. I am really proud of the team for bouncing back from some early adversity. The team that came out in the afternoon round was really poised and looked like a team that can make a move tomorrow. We didn't finish either round today, so we have some room for improvement. We want to be the best finishing team in country."
Arkansas State's Easton Key sits atop the individual leaderboard at six-under (138).
The Cajuns had two individuals finish the day inside the top-10 led by freshman phenom Fernando Cruz Valle who notched a score of one-under (143) to place in 7th. Strandemo is one shot back of Cruz Valle in a tie for 10th at even par. Both Cruz Valle and Strandemo carded a 70 (-2) in the afternoon round.
"I really like what I am seeing from Thomas and Fernando," Sliman stated. "We have been off for a few weeks and they came out and are playing strong. For them to be in contention heading into the final day says a lot about their preparation."
Haraldur Magnus is currently tied for 22nd at four-over (148), while Christian Verrougstraete finished in a tie for 30th at five-over (149).
Ross Davis rounded out the scoring for the Cajuns with a 36-hole score of seven-over (151) to place in a tie for 38th.
"Regardless of tomorrow's outcome, I'm confident in what this team has headed into the spring," Sliman added. "I know this team hasn't reached its potential yet. Our best golf is definitely on the horizon."
Louisiana is paired with Arkansas State and Memphis in the final round tomorrow. Check RaginCajuns.com for the results.