Saturday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 15 • 54 Holes • Wyoming Southern Dunes Invitational
Maricopa, Ariz. • Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club • par 72 • 7,546 yards
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MARICOPA, Ariz. – Sam Houston State will seek its fourth-straight top five finisher to begin its fall campaign, taking part in the Wyoming Southern Dunes Invitational, held at the par-72, 7,546-yard Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz.
The 54-hole event tees off both Saturday and Sunday with an 8:30 a.m. CT shotgun start. Teams will play 36 holes on the opening day and 18 on Sunday. The course will be played with the same setup used during rounds 2, 3 and 4 of PGA Tour Qualifying School hosted at Southern Dunes Sept. 27-29.
In addition to the Bearkats, the 12-team field includes Air Force, Boise State, Cal Poly, Idaho, Loyola Marymount, Utah Valley, Western Kentucky, Washington State and Wyoming. Arizona and Arizona State will also be in attendance, competing individually.
This weekend marks the first time Sam Houston has competed in the event, which is in its third year. The last time the Bearkats participated in a Wyoming-hosted event was April 4-5, 2016 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Arizona.
There, the Kats took runner-up, firing a 13-under, 851 – the third-lowest 54-hole score in team history. Current senior Jake McCrory was crowned individual co-champion, carding an 11-under, 2065.
LAST TIME OUT
Sam Houston is coming off an impressive showing at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic, held Monday and Tuesday at Pearland’s GolfCrest Country Club. The Bearkats, who led after the first round, notched a third-place finisher (2-under, 862) at the third-annual event.
Likewise, Jake McCrory also took third behind a 7-under, 209. McCrory tapped in four birdies in his final round to fire a 3-under, 69. During the two days, McCrory (68-72-69) was an impressive 2-under on the course’s par 3s and 4-under on the par 4s and has now shot under par in four of his nine rounds this season.
William Holcomb (69-73-73) fired a 1-under, 215, to notch an 11th-place result. The sophomore was one of 13 players to finish under par, backed by an impressive opening round to the tournament in which he sunk four birdies and totaled a 3-under.
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the quick turnaround and upcoming event…
“It’s a quick turnaround but it’s good. We call it our tournament legs. They just played 54 holes so you’re more comfortable and not as nervous. It can be a positive. Leading into this last week, we were well rested. We are coming off a really good finish. We are tightening some things up and have met up and gone over game plan.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the Southern Dunes Golf Club and field…
“Levi (Valadez) played an amateur event there last winter. It’s a new golf course. We were in Phoenix a couple years ago. It suits our style. The weather forecast is for light winds. We are a ball control team. We are all about having control of the golf ball. It suits us. We dissect the course where we need to hit it. Jake won last time in Arizona so he will be extra confident.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the team’s starting five…
“They’ve been the five in qualifying and the five in tournaments. They’ve got it done at home and when it has mattered in the tournament. When you have a team that has gone first, fifth and third … they are playing at a very high level. You run with those guys. We’ve also had qualifying and they’ve kept their spots. They are seeing results.”