Ram Masters Invitational
Monday, Sept. 18 – Tuesday, Sept. 19 • 54 Holes
Fort Collins, Colorado • Fort Collins Country Club • par 70 • 7,218 yards
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Sam Houston State picked up its pace during the final round of the Ram Masters Invitational presented by Pederson Toyota and was able to maintain fifth place despite some challenging weather conditions at the par-70, 7,218-yard Fort Collins Country Club on Tuesday.
After shooting 280 and 292 in their first two rounds, the Bearkats carded a final-round 284 to finish at 16-over, 856, among the 19-team field. Host Colorado State ran away with the event, standing pat in the top spot while shooting 17-under, 823.
For a second consecutive week, William Holcomb (70-72-70) posted a top-20 finisher, taking a tie for 18th at 2-over, 212, after matching his opening round with another even par. The sophomore was particularly impressive on the front 9, shooting 2-under, backed by birdies on No. 4 and No. 7.
Meanwhile, Jake McCrory (75-72-69) continued his ascent up the leaderboard, finishing tied for 28th at 6-over, 219. The senior, who shot a final-round 69 for the second consecutive week, moved ahead 13 spots on the final day thanks to three birdies on the front 9.
Levi Valadez (71-74-72) trimmed two strokes off his second round and moved up four spots to finish tied for 31st at 7-over, 217. He was followed by teammate Noah Steele (72-74-73) who took a tie for 42nd at 9-over, 219, while Austen Christiansen (67-80-75) finished tied for 54th at 12-over, 222.
Missouri-Kansas City’s Francois Lagraulet won the individual medalist, firing a 54-hole tournament record of 9-under, 201. Among the 104 player field, just 10 competitors managed to finish under par.
Sam Houston returns to action two weeks from Monday when it pairs with Houston and Rice to host the Bayou City Collegiate from the par-72, 7,272-yard GolfCrest Country Club in Pearland. The two-day, 54-hole tournament is in its third year of existence with the Kats taking 12th a season ago and ninth in 2015.
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the fifth-place result…
“I was really proud of the guys. I thought we had a good game plan. We were trying to shoot as low as we could today. We started off slow but 7-12 we played about nine-under. We were four under with about five or six holes to play and we had some weather come in. We held our spot. We had a chance to catch TCU. They fought hard for each. We are trying to win each week but we were able to get a respectable finish. We will clean some things up and get ready for our host event.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on competing in a new environment…
“That’s kind of the big takeaway this week. These guys had to adjust to altitude. We saw very fast greens. These teams play these conditions all the time. I am proud of the way we adjusted to a different climate. You never know where you’ll be for regionals so you have to be ready. There were some good teams here. We competed at a very high level this week. If you aren’t winning, you want to be at worse top five.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the final-round surge from Jake McCrory…
“I told Jake, he was a great leader this week. He was really our jolt today. He was 3-under most of the day. It gave us some hope we could catch the teams in front of us. He played great. That’s his second-straight week finishing with a 69.”