Sep 10, 2013 11:13 AM by UL Sports Information
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Newcomers Fernando Cruz Valle and Haraldur Magnus paced the Ragin' Cajuns golf team on a record day as Louisiana finds itself in first place at 15-under par headed into the final round of the Sam Hall Intercollegiate at the Hattiesburg Country Club.
"I didn't realize that we had set a 36-hole record when the guys came off of the course. I can't say enough about how well these guys played today," head coach Theo Sliman said. "It is extremely pleasing playing such young lineup to get this kind of result. I am darn proud of this group. When you are throwing out a round of even par that really says something to the mindset of the guys. It also shows what this team is capable of in the future."
The Cajuns posted a tournament record 36-hole score of 533 (-15). Louisiana found itself in a tie for second after the first round, but a second round score of 272 (-12) propelled the Cajuns into the lead.
"We are only two rounds through a three round tournament," Sliman noted. "The philosophy of this team is to finish out the round. The last six holes are the most important. Today in the last six holes we had a combined score of eight-under par. It doesn't get much better than that."
Louisiana holds a four stroke on Mississippi State (557, -11). South Alabama (558, -10), Mercer (564, -4) and Ole Miss (564, -4) round out the top 5 teams at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate.
Grady Brame of Southeastern Louisiana and Joe Sakulpolphaisan of Mississippi State are tied for the individual lead with a two-round score of nine-under (133).
Cruz Valle led the way for the Cajuns finishing the day in a tie for fourth at seven-under par (135). The freshman fired a team-best score of 66 (-5) in the afternoon round.
Magnus also found himself in the top 10 with a score of six-under (136) as he is tied for ninth.
"Both Fernando and Haraldur had a great showing in their debut," Sliman mentioned. "I am extremely proud of them. They are both very comfortable playing at the top of the leaderboard. That is a good sign of things to come from them."
Sophomores Ross Davis and Thomas Strandemo each find themselves in a tie for 27th at even par (142), while Christian Verrougstraete is one shot behind them in a tie for 31st at one-over (143).
The Ragin' Cajuns are slated to tee off at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow and are paired with Mississippi State and conference foe South Alabama.
"Tomorrow is a great opportunity for this young squad," Sliman added. "We will see how we handle a lead heading into a final round. We just need to focus our minds on the process and not results."
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