BATON ROUGE, La. – Sam Houston State men's golfer William Holcomb offered a glimpse of what is to come during his breakout freshman campaign. That excitement has continued into the summer.
The Crockett native captured the Louisiana/CPT Collegiate Open title, firing a 1-under, 215, from Santa Maria Golf Club. Holcomb (70-72-73) held off a late run from Landon Davis, shooting a 1-over on Wednesday at the par-72, 6,926-yard course.
“He played really good on a good golf course,” head coach Brandt Kieschnick said. “He has played really well this summer. He played last weekend at the Magnolia Am and played well the whole tournament. He was able to put together some good rounds. I am really excited for him.”
Holcomb, who was one of two athletes to shoot even-par on the course's par-3s, bested 14 other golfers in route to the title. The Crockett High School product carded seven birdies over three rounds and added 41 total pars, the third-highest mark among the field.
“We want them to take the things they learn in the year and take it into the summer,” Kieschnick said. “We want (our golfers) to compete to win in the summer. They represent Sam Houston golf so well. It gives us a good launching pad heading into the year. It's exciting when they get wins.”
Holcomb overcame challenging weather conditions to lead the charge for Sam Houston at the 54th Southland Conference Championship in April, shooting 11-over, 227, to finish tied for third in the final team competition of the 2016-17 season.
“He is one of the hardest working guys,” Kieschnick said. “He is one of the most competitive. It's very important for Will, in a good way, to work hard, get better and learn from the mistakes and successes. It's just who he is. To see him develop throughout the whole year and finish the spring on a high note and continue that into the summer is huge.”