Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational
Sunday, Oct. 29 – Tuesday, Oct. 31 • 54 Holes
Princeville, Hawaii • Princeville Makai Golf Club • par 72 • 7,223 yards
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PRINCEVILLE, HI – Sam Houston State knew the capability was there to shoot a low round on Monday. Shattering program records is another story.
The Bearkats rewrote the program’s record book at the Princeville Makai Invitational, carding an 18-under, 270, besting the team’s single-round mark, captured six years ago, by four strokes. The team’s 36-hole, 26-under, 550, is also a program record by a whopping eight strokes.
The feat has situated Sam Houston in fifth from the par-72, 7,223-yard Princeville Makai Golf Club as well as among elite company. The Kats are two strokes up on No. 5 Wake Forest (552) and two back of No. 50 San Diego State (548). Fortieth-ranked Louisville is pacing play at 41-under, 535.
Sam Houston’s Noah Steele set a new team record, surpassing teammate Jake McCrory, with a 36-hole score at 12-under, 132. On Monday, the sophomore carded the third-lowest round in program history at 8-under, 64, matching Andrew Ertel’s score in the same round at the event a season ago.
Levi Valadez climbed the leaderboard with a stellar performance of his own, firing a 5-under, 67, to move up 20 spots where he currently sits in a five-way tie for 22nd at 5-under, 139. The biggest surge of the day belonged to William Holcomb (74-66) who ascended 43 spots by shooting 6-under during his second round to enter Tuesday’s final round tied for 27th at 4-under, 140.
Austen Christiansen (69-73) is tied for 45th at 2-under, 142 after a 1-over second round while Jake McCrory (71-76) sits at 3-over, 147 in 77th. The squad tees off in its final round on Tuesday with a shotgun start slated for 1 p.m. CT (8 a.m. locally).
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the team’s record-setting performance…
“This is about the players. They are competitors and grinders. We just try to play like professional golfers instead of college golfers. They believe they are one of the teams to beat. It all came together. Our preparation has been good. Our mental focus has been good. Our game-management has been top-notch. The course is soft and there is no wind so you have to make birdies. You still have to play good we did that. I am really proud of the guys. They aren’t scared. They think they can beat anybody.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on Noah Steele in contention with a program record…
“I am able to see them every two or three holes. I saw him play a lot of his golf. He was never in trouble and he is hitting it really good. He has really good ball control. He was able to be aggressive on pins. He putted really well. He played like a guy playing for a living who shot a good round.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the mindset entering Tuesday’s final round…
“We did a lot of preparation. I didn’t talk to them after yesterday’s round. I told them all individually told to put their blinders on. They know they are as good as anyone here. I tried to get them off the distraction. It will be the same thing tomorrow. We are enjoying having some down time. We want to stay in the moment. These guys are a special group.”