Posted: Mar 25, 2013 10:52 PM by UL Sports Information
Despite a cold and windy Monday that included two delays due to snowfall, the Ragin' Cajuns golf team found itself in second place sitting just six strokes back of Austin Peay for the overall lead of the Memphis Intercollegiate at the Colonial Country Club in Cordova, Tenn.
"This is probably one of the proudest moments of my coaching career, and it has nothing to do with position or score," head coach Theo Sliman said. "It has to do with five young men battling and fighting through tremendous adversity. These conditions are the worst I have seen as both a coach and a player. These guys could have easily given up, but they didn't let it affect their play."
Teams will have to finish the rest of the second round to start the morning tomorrow as a heavy snowstorm suspended play at the end of the day on Monday.
Louisiana posted a score of 29-over par through just over 30 holes. Austin Peay leads the field at 23-over. The Cajuns bounced back after concluding the first round in a tie for 11th place. UL is the only team with a score under par in the second round at one-under, while the Govenors have the second best score of the second round at eight-over par.
Louisville (+30), No.43 Ball State (+34) and No.46 South Alabama (+35) round out the top five teams after the first day of play.
Austin Peay's Dustin Korte sits atop the individual leaderboard after carding a score of two-over halfway through the second round. Freshman Ross Davis has had a sublime first day of action finding himself in second just two strokes back of Korte. The Baton Rouge, La. native has a score of one-under through 11 holes in the second round.
"Ross is learning a lot as a young player," Sliman mentioned. "I am happy to see him applying the lesson he is learning. I think it shows a lot to what kind of player he can become."
Senior Ethan Savoy also finds himself in the top 10 in a tie for seventh place at six-over, while Brandt Garon finished the day in the top 25 at eight-over par in a tie for 18th.
"I would like to say the guys were mentally prepared headed into action today," Sliman added. "They key for tomorrow is to approach the day with the same mind set. We still have plenty of holes to play so this tournament is not where near over."
The Ragin' Cajuns return to action tomorrow at 8 a.m. with the completion of the second round. The third round is slated to begin immediately following the second round. For updates and info follow the golf team on twitter @CajunGolf.