Apr 1, 2014 2:38 AM by UL Sports Information
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sophomore Haraldur Magnus paced the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns golf team on day one of the Memphis Intercollegiate placing in a tie for fifth after 36-holes at Colonial Country Club.
Magnus bounced back from a 75 (+3) in the morning round to card a score of 2-under par (70) in the afternoon to finish the day at 1-over. The Reykjavik, Iceland native was six-over through 12 holes in the first round and fought back to shoot five-under in the final 25 holes.
"I am very impressed with Haraldur's performance today," head coach Theo Sliman said. "He started the first round very poorly, but he grabbed himself and turned things around. His mental toughness showed and he was able to get into a rhythm. The way he finished really displayed the mental fortitude that he has for him to overcome a bad start and play well on a tough course like this."
Louisiana is currently in fifth with a two-round score of 22-over (598). The Cajuns and trail Arkansas State and Cincinnati by nine strokes for third.
"We aren't the best team in the country, but we can be the best team in the last six holes of each round," Sliman added. "We made some mental mistakes and had our struggles today, but it wasn't anything we can't fix or get on top of. I'm still waiting for this team to have its breakout moment. I am proud of the way this team overcame the mental issues and finished up strong."
No. 40 Memphis leads the field at even par (576) after posting the only sub-par team score of the day in the second round. South Alabama (+11, 587), Arkansas State (+13, 589), Cincinnati (+13, 589) and the Cajuns (+22, 598) round out the top five teams.
The Tigers Cory Gaylord sits atop the individual leaderboard at 2-under (140). Gaylord posted a 70 (-2) in both rounds.
Freshman Fernando Cruz Valle joins Magnus in the top 25 finishing the day in a tie for 17th at 4-over (148).
Ross Davis recorded a 36-hole score of 7-over (151) to end up in a tie for 29th, while Christian Verrougstraete sits in a tie for 40th at 10-over (154).
Thomas Strandemo rounded out the scoring for Louisiana in a tie for 50th at 12-over (156).
"We are sitting in a position where we aren't too far out from being able to make something happen," Sliman said. "If we can put together a solid round where all five guys contribute, then I feel like we can come away with a result that we can be proud of."
The Ragin' Cajuns are paired with Cincinnati and UMKC in the final round. The first group is slated to go off at 8:45 a.m. with the team starting the third round on hole one. Live scoring for the final round is available on Golfstat.com.