HUMBLE – Sam Houston State was unable to recover from a difficult opening round, finishing in 14th at 19-over, 883, from the All-American Intercollegiate presented by Coca-Cola at the par-72, 7,064-yard Golf Club of Houston on Sunday.
The Bearkats found themselves in last place among 18 teams after a first-round, 16-over, 304, but found a way to chip away during their final two rounds. Over the final 36 holes, Sam Houston shot 3-over, moving up four with a second-round 289 and final-round 290.
Sam Houston’s Jesse Massengale paced play for the Kats, using a second-round 68 and final-round 70 to finish in a six-way tie for 19th at 1-under, 215. The result marked the best finish and lowest overall three-round score for the sophomore in five tournaments this season.
Teammates William Holcomb (78-75-71) and Jarred Jeter (76-74-74) finished tied for 64th at 8-over, 224. Jake McCrory (73-75-78) concluded two strokes back to take a tie for 70th at 10-over, 226 while Andrew Ertel (81-72-75) took a tie for 76th at 12-over, 228.
Competing in its first spring tournament, Sam Houston was tied for third with New Mexico State, finishing with 184 pars but managed just 29 birdies in an event that featured a 2-hour, 33-minute weather delay during the opening round.
Thirteenth-ranked Baylor captured the team title with a score of 28-under, 386. The Bears held on to defeat No. 1 ranked Vanderbilt which finished five strokes back in second. Houston took third (852) while No. 39 South Carolina (859) and No. 21 Auburn (862) rounded out the top five.
Sam Houston returns to action one week from Monday at the two-day Louisiana Classics from the par-72, 7,098-yard Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La. The Kats will be one of 13 teams competing including No. 3 Illinois and No. 22 Texas A&M among others.