HOUSTON – Entering Tuesday morning, the Bearkat men’s golfers carried a five-shot lead into the final round of The All American. Turns out, their work on Monday was all that was needed to claim the title. Weather forced the cancellation of the final round with the Kats taking home the title at the Golf Club of Houston.
The Bearkats fired a team score of 290 on Monday which was tied for the best round of the day.
The Kats finished as the only team under par at 3-under and got the victory in the 16-team event over three ranked opponents, No. 34 South Carolina (6-over, fourth place), No. 37 Baylor (+2, 2nd) and No. 49 Ole Miss (+7, 6th).
“I’m just so humbled and honored to be able to coach this team,” said head coach Brandt Kieschnick. “Outside of the conference championship, this is our biggest regular season win. We have worked very hard for one month to be ready for this event.”
William Holcomb shot a second consecutive round of 70 to take second place, two shots back of tournament champion Cecil Wagner of Ole Miss, who shot the only round under 70 on the day. Holcomb got his day started with a birdie and made the turn at even par. Three birdies on the back nine, including one on No. 17, immediately after a bogey on 16 got him back to 2-under for the round.
Jack Randle, who also shot a 70, made a big move up the leaderboard on Monday. Randle, a freshman from The Woodlands, moved 11 spots to a tie for fourth, 3-under for the tournament and three shots back of the lead. Randle played a bogey-free round on Monday with a pair of birdies on the back nine.
“These guys are tough, gritty, and disciplined in all aspects of the game that leads to winning,” Kieschnick said. “The conditions yesterday weren’t great, but the guys really played well. We beat some great programs and will help us as we continue to compete this Spring.”
The Kats started the day on Monday one shot up on Baylor, which won the Big 12 Matchplay Championship in the fall. After a bit of a struggle on the front nine, the Kats closed strong. They totaled 10 birdies over the final nine holes to open up the lead on Baylor. Only South Carolina and Ole Miss were able to match their score of 290.
“I was proud that they stuck to a game plan, and that led them to having the low team score again for the second day in a row,” Kieschnick said.
The Kats will be back in action next week at the Louisiana Classics hosted by the University of Louisiana.