DALLAS – The Sam Houston State men’s golf team jumped two places to finish ninth overall at the Trinity Forest Invitational, Tuesday afternoon at Trinity Forest Golf Club.

“Today was a good day and I’m proud of how the team responded after a very slow start,” head coach Brandt Kieschnick said. “We had a good team meeting last night and the guys figured out how to get it done, which is what we’ve done very well in the past.”

Baylor won the invitational with a team score of 824, followed by host SMU (825) in second. College of Charleston finished third after shooting 833 and Florida trailed in fourth with 834. North Texas took fifth overall with 836, followed by Little Rock (845), New Mexico (848), UTSA (850), Sam Houston (857), Rice (859), Ball State (864), Oral Roberts (867) and Abilene Christian (871).

Leading the field in par three scoring, junior William Holcomb was the top finisher among the Bearkat crew and posted an overall score of 208 for the invitational. Tying for 15th overall, Holcomb fired a 66-stroke third round, which marked the Kats’ lowest round of the event. He recorded three consecutive birdies on the first three holes, as well as back-to-back birdies on holes 12 and 13. His final birdie of the day came on hole 16.


Noah Steele and Austen Christiansen tied for 26th and both finished the invitational with 213 on the scorecard. Steele broke open the day with an eagle on hole one and collected three birdies over the course of his 68-stroke round. Christiansen posted his second 70-stroke round of the invitational.

Newcomer Jack Randle, who competed as an individual, tied for 45th after shooting 74 on the final day. He finished with an overall score of 217 after shooting a 69-stroke round yesterday afternoon.

Grayson Blunt tallied 226 while Camden DeBonis finished closely behind with 227.

Coming Up Next

Sam Houston hits the road for Vero Beach, Fla., where the Kats will participate in the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, hosted by McNeese at Quail Valley Golf Club on Oct. 14-16.