Mar 4, 2013 10:54 PM by UL Sports Information
The Ragin' Cajuns golf team sits in ninth after carding a 36-hole score of 24-over par (600) on the first day of the 28th Annual Louisiana Classics at Oakbourne Country Club on Monday.
"Weather conditions won today," head coach Theo Sliman said. "It truly tested not only our players, but the whole field. I am extremely impressed with the sub-par rounds that we had a couple of our guys post today. We dropped quite a few shots in the morning round coming down the stretch, but I was proud of the way the guys battled back in the afternoon. Basically the 10-shot differential that was see was based on the last four holes in the morning."
After battling wind gusts of close to 40 miles per hour all day, Louisiana sits 10 strokes back of fifth and eight strokes from sixth place. No.20 Illinois leads the field at three-over par (579) after posting a score of one-under par in the afternoon round.
Kansas (+10, 586), No.23 Kent State (+11, 587), Southeastern La. (+13, 589) and No.38 Tulsa (+14, 590) round of the top five teams after the first two rounds.
LSU's Zach Wright sits atop the individual leaderboard after carding a 36-hole score of six-under par (138) including a first round 66.
Senior Brandt Garon sits just three strokes back of Wright in second place after posting a score of three-under par (141). Garon tallied birdies on five of the final nine holes of the day.
"I'm not the least bit shocked with Brandt's performance," Sliman stated. "Brandt is the style of player that rises to the level of the event. It's extremely tough to play 36 holes in one day, and to have the back nine that he had in these conditions is a testament to what kind of player he is."
Freshman Thomas Strandemo also finds himself in the top 25 after day one in a tie for 20th at three-over par (147). Strandemo battled back in the afternoon round to shoot a 71 (-1).
"I am equally impressed with Thomas' play," Sliman added. "Thomas has a tenacity about him, and it certainly showed in the way that he battled the elements. This is a huge week for the rest of our season. Having the ability to play all 10 guys will certainly help us as we move into conference play."
Ethan Savoy is in a tie for 31st after carding a score of five-over (149), while Yohann Vora sits in a tie for 53rd at 10-over par (154). Jason Noto posted a 74 in the morning round to sit in a tie for 41st at eight-over, and Kelsey Angelle is in a tie for 47th at nine-over.
"We have a great opportunity tomorrow," Sliman said. "We are 10 shots out of fifth place with a lot of ranked teams in front of us. The key to tomorrow is going to be the same old cliché that I've said week in and week out, we have to learn and apply."
The final round is slated to begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow with a shotgun start. The Cajuns are paired with No.14 LSU and No.34 Houston for the final 18 holes. Follow the action live on Golfstat.com.