Zach Cabra and the Bearkat men’s golf team led start to finish at the Harold Funston Invitational as they claimed their second consecutive tournament title. Cabra was also the recipient of a second straight individual medalist trophy.
Sam Houston has now won their home event at Raven Nest four straight years. This is the first time the Bearkats have won back-to-back tournaments since the 2008-09 season.
The junior from McKinney, Cabra broke 70 in every round and tied for the low-round of the tournament with a first-round 67.
“This was a great win for Zach,” Bearkat head coach Brandt Kieschnick said. “He got going early and got three under early and in the middle of the round he made some bogies where he was probably behind. I told him that this was a good time to learn how to dig yourself out of a hole and win. He did that and he birdied four holes coming in. I think he’s one of the best players in the country right now.”
Cabra has had an outstanding start to his career at SHSU after transferring from St. Thomas in Houston. He set a school record by shooting a 62 in his second round as a Bearkat at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate hosted by Southern Miss. In his second time out, at Kansas State, he finished first and led the team to its first win of the season.
The Bearkats took a 14-shot lead into the final round and pulled away from the competition to beat Abilene Christian by 24 strokes. Oral Roberts finished third, followed by Stephen F. Austin and Tyler Junior College.
“It was great for us to win again as a team. To have two in a row is awesome,” junior Zach Cabra said. “I’m really proud of how a bunch of the guys played. Albert (Miner) played really well and Klein (Klotz) just kept going. It’s always good to play well to start the season and keep the momentum going. I did pretty much everything I needed to do today to win.”
Senior Albert Miner finished second, just three strokes behind his teammate. Miner was six under par in the event with rounds of 68, 69 and 70.
Freshman Klein Klotz (70-70-74-214) finished tied for seventh. He’s finished top-10 in the last two tournaments after being 13th in his first collegiate tournament.
Logan Boatner (71-76-74-221) was tied for 20th and Dennis Reiner (77-75-83-235) was 43rd.
“The goal is to win. The guys are doing it and everyone is working hard,” Kieschnick said. “I just enjoy watching them practice and watching them get better. They are coming into every tournament prepared. Getting two wins just shows that we are on top of our game.”
The next action for the men will be at the New Mexico State Herb Wimberly Invitational in Las Cruces, New Mexico Oct. 21 and 22.