BASTROP – With steady rain in the area, play was unable to be completed at the Jim West Invitational, as Sam Houston State finished ninth at 18-over, 594, from the two-round shortened event.
Andrew Ertel carded a second-round 4-under, 68 on Monday from the par-72, 7,205-yard Wolfdancer Golf Club, to finish in a five-way tie for seventh at 3-under, 141. The senior, who shot an opening-round 73, captured his second-consecutive top-10 finish and fourth of the season.
Teammate William Holcomb (72-76) shot 4-over to finish in a five-way tie for 33rd at 4-over, 148. Holcomb is followed by another freshman Bearkat in Noah Steele (74-76) who took a three-way tie for 41st after carding a 6-over, 150.
Rice paced action in the tightly-packed field with just four strokes separating the top-five teams. The Owls fired a 2-under, 574, after trimming four strokes off their opening-round 289. New Mexico State’s Ryo Harada held on for the 36-hole individual title at 8-under, 136.
After 10 regular-season tournaments across seven states, the Bearkats turn their attention to the Southland Conference Championship slated for April 24-26 at Stonebridge Country Club’s Dye Course in McKinney. Sam Houston is seeking its third league title in four seasons.
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the rain-shortened Jim West Invitational…
“We wanted to get one more round in, a good round before conference. It’s unfortunate but we didn’t. That’s just Mother Nature. It’s a great golf course. We finished second there the last time we played. The schools that we played against were major programs. It’s always a good final tune-up.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the mindset getting ready for conference…
“We have to get back focused as we go into the conference. Conference is a great golf course for Sam Houston State. We have won two of the last three years. We know that course very well and look to prepare well like we have in the past.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the hot play from Andrew Fregia...
“It started at Border (Olympics) where he shot under par the last round. He has gotten rolling. I am proud of him for being in contention again with a chance to shoot low rounds. I felt good about him today maybe catching the leader. I am proud of how he is getting around the golf course. He’s playing some of his best golf of the year.”