Tournament No. 8
Friday, March 10 - Saturday, March 11 • 2017 Border Olympics • Laredo, Texas
Laredo Country Club • par-72, 7,125 yards • 54 holes
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LAREDO – Sam Houston State men’s golf is back in action this weekend, taking part in the two-day, 54-hole Border Olympics from the par-72, 125-yard Laredo Country Club.
The 19-team field features five total Southland Conference programs as the Kats will be joined by Houston Baptist, Lamar, McNeese and Stephen F. Austin. The squads will play 36 holes on Friday before concluding the event with the final 18 on Saturday.
A season ago, Sam Houston captured fourth at the event, shooting 7-under, 569, during the 36-hole rain-shortened tournament. Current sophomore Mason Weld fired a 5-under, 139, to record a career-best sixth-place finish, highlighted by a final-round 69.
Jesse Massengale (73-70 – 143) shot 1-under, 143, and moved up 10 spots to finish in a tie for 22nd. Likewise, Andrew Ertel (74-69 – 143), who also finished tied with his partner in 22nd, used a stellar second round to move up 16 spots.
The Bearkats are coming off a seventh-place finisher at the 32nd Annual Louisiana Classics just over a week ago. Sam Houston battled gusting winds and held pat during the first two rounds against competition that featured No. 3 Illinois among other ranked foes.
Noah Steele registered his best finish in four tournaments, finishing tied for 17th at 6-over, 222. The freshman followed a pair of 70s on Monday with a final-round 82. Jake McCrory (72-73-79) took 24th, his third top-25 finish this season, at 8-over, 224 while teammate Jesse Massengale (77-76-76) vaulted seven spots up the leaderboard to finish tied for 47th at 13-over, 229.
This time, around the Bearkats starting five will include Massenage, Andrew Ertel, Steele, McCrory and William Holcomb. Sam Houston gets underway at 8 a.m. on Friday, looking to continue improving with three regular-season tournament remaining.
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the last outing at the Louisiana Classic…
“It was a really top-tier event. We finished seventh which is not what we want but the first two rounds we were right there with the top-four teams who were in the top-20 and we were a few shots off the team that was third in the nation. I was proud of our guys getting in that mix. I thought the guys competed very well the first two rounds.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on success at the Border Olympics…
“Two years ago we finished third. We shot about five-to-seven under. Last year, we shot six-under and finished fourth. We’ve been under par the last two times. We know the golf course and we know what we need to do to win. It’s going to be windy so the ball trajectory is important. There’s holes you can attack and then there are holes you have to have some control going into the greens off the tee.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on current standing in the Southland Conference…
“I think we’re standing well. When we play well, we can beat any team in the conference. It’s been back and forth this year. When we play well, we beat them, when we don’t we get beat. I think we’re definitely one of the top teams in the conference. I know if we play well, we can bring the conference championship back home.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the depth of the team…
“This is the first time I have ever played nine different guys in the top five. It’s been good from a standpoint of competition at home and guys pushing each other. They know the standards they have to play to be in the top five. It has really upped the level of focus and commitment in practice. It has helped us with guys developing quicker. We have had good finishes with different lineups.”