Feb 20, 2014 11:22 PM by UL
Contact: Jeff Schneider
HOUSTON, Texas - The Ragin' Cajuns golf team is set to tee off at the 2014 Bayou City Collegiate Championships hosted by Rice and Houston this weekend at The Golf Club of Houston.
The 54-hole tournament gets underway Friday at 9 a.m. with the first round. The second round is slated for Saturday at 9 a.m., while the third and final round starts at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Teams will start off of holes one and 10 for the first two rounds. The final round will be a shotgun start.
"We are very excited for the start of the Bayou City Classic tomorrow," head coach Theo Sliman said. "The golf course is in immaculate shape as they are preparing for the PGA Tour's Houston Shell Open later in the spring. This certainly will be a great experience for our players."
The tournament field features six teams ranked in the Golfstat Top 30 including No.14 South Florida, No.15 Houston, No.19 Texas, No.21 Arkansas, No.29 South Carolina and No.30 Baylor. Charlotte, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Rice and UTSA round out the field.
"We have a great opportunity this week to compete against some of the best teams in the country," Sliman added. "They key to this tournament, just like any other or any round of golf, will be simple. We need to play within ourselves with poised patience. Coming off last week's performance in San Antonio, we are anxious to get back into competition and test the limits off this team. I have a high sense of confidence in our skill set, and welcome the challenge of this week."
The Cajuns have finished in the top 5 in four of five events this season coming off of a fourth place finish at the Oak Hills Invitational earlier this month.
Louisiana is paired with Lamar and Louisiana Tech for the first round. Haraldur Magnus, Christian Verrougstraete, Ross Davis, Thomas Strandemo and Fernando Cruz Valle will make the start for the Ragin' Cajuns.
Cruz Valle leads the way with four top 15 finishes this year including three top 5 performances. The Houston area native has a team-best 71.50 stroke average. Strandemo has had a strong sophomore campaign with a 73.80 stroke average.
Live scoring for the tournament is available on Golfstat.com. For more info on Ragin' Cajuns golf, follow the team on twitter @CajunGolf.