Wyoming Southern Dunes Invitational
Saturday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 15 • 54 Holes
Maricopa, Ariz. • Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club • par 72 • 7,546 yards
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MARICOPA, Ariz. – William Holcomb continued his stellar fall, helping Sam Houston State to a fourth-place finisher at 3-over, 867 at the Wyoming Southern Dunes Invitational from the par-72, 7,546-yard Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Holcomb (71-73-70) moved up five spots on the final day, carding a 2-under, 214 to finish in a four-way tie for sixth. The result marked the second top-10 finisher in four tournaments for Holcomb who has top-20 finishes in each of those events.

As a team, Sam Houston (293-288-286) held pat on the final day, finishing just one stroke behind third-place Boise State (866). The host Cowboys captured the event at 10-under, 854, while Loyola Marymount took runner-up with a 54-hole score of 8-under, 856.

Noah Steele (72-71-75) registered his best finish of the season, taking 14th at 2-over, 218. The sophomore, who entered Sunday in sixth place among the 63-player field, has been at or under par in four of his last five rounds.

After a fourth-place finish to start his season, Austen Christiansen (76-72-73) showcased his ability to contend, finishing in a tie for 21st at 5-over, 221. Levi Valadez (74-76-71) was also part of the four-way tie, shooting 1-under on the final day to climb 12 spots up the leaderboard.

Jake McCrory (80-72-72) made a steady climb after starting the event slowly, shooting even-par over his final two rounds to finish tied for 34th. The senior, who finished third less than a week ago at the Bayou City Collegiate, has now shot over par just once during his second and third rounds this year.

Loyola Marymount’s Riley Elmes captured the individual title, shooting 12-under, 204, to hold off Boise State’s Brian Humphreys (206). In team play, the Kats finished nine strokes ahead of Western Kentucky (876) who rounded out the top-five.

Sam Houston closes out its fall slate one week from Saturday when it heads to Princeville, Hawaii, for the two-day, 54-hole, Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. A season ago, the Bearkats took second, besting three-top 50 teams while firing the eighth-lowest score in team history at 11-under, 853.

QUOTEABLES:
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the fourth-place result…
“We played four events and we had a chance to win. We knew we had to play great. I was proud of the way we played. It was a good week. We wanted to win. We were close.”

Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on adding another top-five finisher
“Any time you’re in contention, you’re doing a lot of really good things. This is the third event we had a chance to win and we won one. You just want to give yourself a chance. We want to work on separating better. Our goal was to play a great round to win. We shot 2-under but we needed to shoot about 12.”

Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on improvement each round…
“It was a new course and we adjusted better each round. It takes a lot of mental toughness and good golf management to be able to do that. I was proud of these guys and the way we continued to get better.”