With just two tournaments left to play before the Southland Conference Championships, the Sam Houston men’s golf team is starting to hit Its stride. Hosting the Bearkat Invitational at Walden the Kats came from behind for a 14-stroke victory.

In the process, Jake McCrory took the individual title while William Holcomb was the runner up. The two were the only golfers to finish under par, with McCrory winning running way at 9-under. Holcomb finished the tournament four shots back at 5-under after a team-best 68 on Tuesday.

"Jake played near perfect golf," said head coach Brandt Kieschnick. "He’s played great all year and it was awesome he was able to get his 2nd career win in Division I golf."

The Kats entered the day two-shots back of UTRGV, but after an 18-hole score of 285, Sam Houston finished at 7-under for the tournament and won by 14 shots. The Bearkats were consistent all three rounds, posting scores of 285, 287 and 285.

"I’m proud of the guys and they played the same way every day," he said. "Under par every day on this golf course is very good and to shoot -7 for the event is playing at a very high level. We got off to a fast start and shot -7 the front 9 and took a 7 shot lead going to final 9 holes."

In addition to the top finishes by McCrory and Holcomb, the Kats had a pair of other top-10 finishes. Noah Steele shot a 71 on Tuesday and jumped four places to finish tied for 6th overall at 2-over for the tournament. Austen Christiansen finished 5-over for the tournament, tied for 8th place.

The Kats started the day strong, carding 10 birdies on the front nine, quickly jumping back into the lead.

All three rounds in the tournament were under par for the Bearkats. There were only two other team rounds under par, with UTRGV shooting 280 on Monday and SFA a 286 on Tuesday.

Sam Houston will head out to Arizona next week for the final tournament of the regular season before the Southland Championships April 23-25.