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LAREDO – Sam Houston State took 15th at the rain-shortened, 36-hole Border Olympics at 14-over, 590, highlighted by Andrew Ertel’s strong performance from Laredo Country Club.

Ertel (73-71 – 144) took two strokes off his final-round score to vault 20 spots up the leaderboard, finishing tied for 27th at even-par, 144. The senior finished nine strokes back of Nebraska’s Mike Colgate, who claimed the individual title at 9-under, 135.

Campbell captured the team championship, passing Houston with a final-round 11 under to win the event at 17-under, 559. The Cougars took second (12-under, 564), followed by UTSA (11-under, 565) and Bowling Green (5-under, 571) while Little Rock and McNeese finished tied for fifth (3-under, 573).

Sam Houston’s Jesse Massengale (75-74 – 179) moved up nine spots on the leaderboard, to finish tied for 63rd at 5-over, 149. The redshirt sophomore shot 2-over on the final day, tying with six others. Noah Steele (77-73 – 150) finished one stroke back at 6-over, 150, to take 69th.

Likewise, William Holcomb jumped 16 spots ahead on the final day, to take six-way tie for 81st at 8-over, 152. The freshman followed up an opening-round 79, firing a second-round 73. Competing as an individual, Jared Jeter (74-76 – 150) finished tied with Steele at 6-over, 150, in 69th.

The Bearkats return to action next Sunday, heading to Williamsburg, Va., for the three-day Kingsmill Intercollegiate from the Kingsmill Resort - River Course. Sam Houston has two tournaments left leading into the Southland Conference Championship, April 24-26, in McKinney.

QUOTABLES:
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the result…
“We played very disappointed the first round. We made a lot of mistakes. I thought we would play good in the second round. We had a good meeting and I thought the guys responded really well. We have to get better mentally. We will get better there.”

Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the performance of Andrew Ertel
“He needed that. He needed to shoot an under-par round. I think that will catapult him into the next event. He is a guy that can shoot a lot under par. I think he found something this week that will help him the rest of the season.”

Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the approach moving forward...
“We just played really tight this week. Golf is offense and defense. I think we have good defense, we just need to be smart aggressive and make more birdies. I am confident in this team and I know they are confident. We know when we do our stuff we are right there are at the top. I believe this team can win and I believe we can and will play at a high level.”