MCKINNEY – Sam Houston State weathered the conditions on the final day of the 54th Southland Conference Men's Golf Championship, moving ahead two spots to finish third at 59-over, 323, from the par-72, 7,219-yard Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club.
The Bearkats were led by William Holcomb (73-79-75) who finished tied for third at 11-over, 227. Fellow freshman Noah Steele (75-71-85) also advanced three spots up the leaderboard, finishing tied for 11th at 15-over, 231, alongside teammate Jarred Jeter (81-76-74) who surged eight spots on the final day.
McNeese, who entered as the top seed, won the team championship, holding on to their top spot to finish at 54-over, 918. The individual title belonged to Val Almendarez of Houston Baptist who finished at 9-over, 225, moving ahead two spots in the final round.
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the conference championship…
“It's a great event. In my 20 years of professional golf, it's probably the hardest golf course I have ever seen. It's razor sharp. I was so proud of the guys and how we fought all week. We were 12 or 13 shots back to start the day and we shot the lowest round. I am proud of the way we shot. I love the way they competed. We had a chance to win another conference championship. To be that close is always tough but it's special the way we came back.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the mindset entering the final day…
“We had a gameplan of how to do it. You have to believe. We dissected the golfcourse. We wanted to win 1-3 and 15-18. We did that for the most part. All in all, this is our fourth year in a row we had a chance. We had a chance to win this year.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on Holcomb and the squad…
“He had the lead in hindsightt on 15. He has just improved every week. I have seen this coming the last month and a half. This is the first of great things for Will. I am excited for these guys. This is some of the toughest conditions I have seen. They fought to the last stroke.”