Tournament Preview 
Monday, Oct. 9 – Tuesday, Oct. 10 • 54 Holes • Bayou City Collegiate Classic
Pearland, Texas • GolfCrest Country Club • par 72 • 7,254 yards
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PEARLAND – Sam Houston State favored well the first two weeks competing outside the state of Texas, posting a first-place and fifth-place finisher. Now, much closer to home, the Bearkats look to replicate the encouraging results.

Sam Houston teams up with Houston and Rice to host the third-annual Bayou City Collegiate Classic. The 54-hole, two-day event begins Monday from the par-72, 7,254-yard GolfCrest Country Club and features another formidable lineup.

In addition to Rice and Houston, the Kats will be joined Abilene Christian, Arkansas State, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Lipscomb, Little Rock, Nebraska, SMU, Southern Miss, UT Arlington, UTSA and Texas State.

LAST TIME OUT
Sam Houston State picked up its pace during the final round of the Ram Masters Invitational presented by Pederson Toyota and was able to maintain fifth place despite some challenging weather conditions at the par-70, 7,218-yard Fort Collins Country Club.

After shooting 280 and 292 in their first two rounds, the Bearkats carded a final-round 284 to finish at 16-over, 856, among the 19-team field. Host Colorado State ran away with the event, standing pat in the top spot while shooting 17-under, 823.

For a second consecutive week, William Holcomb (70-72-70) posted a top-20 finisher, taking a tie for 18th at 2-over, 212, after matching his opening round with another even par. The sophomore was particularly impressive on the front 9, shooting 2-under, backed by birdies on No. 4 and No. 7.

NEW-LOOK KATS TAKE ON BAYOU CITY COLLEGIATE
Sam Houston looks much different than it did, competing a season ago at its host event. The Bearkats fell three spots on the final day of the event, taking 12th at 29-over, 893.

In fact, among the Bearkats starting lineup for the event this go-around, only Noah Steele competed in the event a season ago. The then-freshman carded a 13-over, 229 to take a tie for 68th.

However, the team does boast a strong presence of players who did compete a season ago including Jesse Massengale (21st, 219), Dominick Gennuso (34th, 221) and Camden DeBonis (56th, 226). Sam Houston senior Jake McCrory last competed in the event in 2015 (52nd, 228).

QUOTEABLES:
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the event and returning closer to home…
“It’s out third-annual with us, Rice and Houston. We are all three close friends as coaches. We want to showcase Houston golf. We have three events in October that are really good events to close the fall. We have played solid so far. We want to keep that going.”

Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the qualifying for the event…
“We put all guys in qualifying because we had two weeks. I wanted to compete and want them to see shots and engage. We had a great qualifier. The same five we’ve had in the first two events emerged. We have Camden DeBonis and Adam Strom going individually. The same level of play we’ve been maintaining all year was on display during the qualifier.”

Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on looking to continue the hot start to the season…
“In the fall, we’re preparing to win championships in the spring. Winning breeds winning. I thought we competed really well at Colorado State. We were playing at a high level. We want to take that mindset and keep doing the same things we have been. We’re ready to go compete.”