Mar 26, 2013 10:59 PM by UL Sports Information
The Ragin' Cajuns golf team overcame extremely tough conditions at the Colonial Country Club in Cordova, Tenn. to finish in second (+35, 899) at Memphis Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
"This team has struggled this season, and to finish second in this field gives us some motivation headed into the conference tournament," head coach Theo Sliman said. "I am extremely proud of the way these young men represented the university. They fought hard in very tough conditions, and because of that I couldn't be more proud. I think this is just what our team needed to get things going this season."
Louisiana closed out the second round with the best 18-hole score of the tournament posting a 283 (-5) to move up nine spots from 11th to second. The Cajuns went on to post a score of 10-over par (298) in the final round coming just two shots short of the tournament title.
Austin Peay won the tournament championship carding a score of 33-over (897). Louisiana (+35, 899), Memphis (+42, 906), Louisville (+46, 910) and No.35 Vanderbilt (+48, 912) round out the top five teams.
The Governor's Dustin Korte was the wire-to-wire individual champion finishing with a score of two-over (218).
"We had a brilliant second round and some fortune in the final round," Sliman noted. "The team fought to the very end and almost ended up winning the title. All five our guys are coming home better players after this event."
The Ragin' Cajuns had three players finish in the top 15 led by freshman Ross Davis with his first career top 10 performance. Davis carded a 54-hole score of seven-over par (223) to finish alone in sixth place.
"We have seen Ross knock on the door of posting a strong event in a couple tournaments this spring," Sliman mentioned. "For a freshman on our team to post the low score with a top 10 finish only makes our team better."
Seniors Brandt Garon and Yohann Vora tied for 12th after posting a score of 10-over (226). Garon was one of two Cajuns to post a 69 in the second round.
Ethan Savoy was the other Louisiana golfer to tally a 69 in the second round finishing just outside of the top 25 in a tie for 27th at 14-over par (230). Thomas Strandemo rounded out the scoring for the Ragin' Cajuns in a tie for 60th at 22-over (238).
The Cajuns close out the 2012-13 season on April 8-9 at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship in West Point, Miss.
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