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Golf: Magnus and Cajuns Climb On Final Day Of Cabo Del Sol Intercollegiate

Fernando Cruz Valle


 LOS CABOS, Mexico – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns golf team had a strong showing on final day of the Cabo Del Sol Intercollegiate firing the only score under par on Tuesday to finish in a tie for fourth at 5-over par (869).
Louisiana carded a score of 5-under (283), which tied for the lowest team round at the tournament, to move up two spots into a tie with Santa Clara for fourth place.
"I’m very proud of the toughness and determination the team displayed over the final two rounds here in Cabo," head coach Theo Sliman said. "We certainly had a disappointing first round, and the guys did not dwell or let it linger. We are a very good program, and the guys proved that over the course of the last two rounds. We will get it together for three rounds before it is all said and done."
Georgia State was the wire-to-wire champion with an overall score of 6-under (858). Georgia Southern (-3, 861), UT Arlington (�3, 867), Louisiana (�5, 869), Santa Clara (�5, 869) round out the top 5 teams.
Senior Haraldur Magnus continued his climb on the final day moving up three more spots into a tie for fourth at 4-under (212) after carding a 71 (-1) in the final round. Magnus stumbled early in the round with a quadruple bogey on hole 12, but was able to make it the only blemish on his card finishing with an eagle and two birdies in his final nine holes.
The top 10 finish is the third straight for Magnus as he now has 10 in his career. Magnus has carded a score of par or better in eight of his nine rounds this season, and for this first time in his career he has posted three 54-hole scores under par in a season.
 "I can’t tell you how impressed I am with Haddi’s (Haraldur) final round performance," Sliman added. "I have been around this game all of my life and have seen a lot of competitive rounds of golf. Today, Haddi displayed one of the best mental efforts I have seen. He made a quadruple bogey, nine on his sixth hole of the day, brushed it off and finished the day in red numbers. I can’t tell you how proud I am of him and more importantly, his character."
Ragnar Gardarsson notched his second straight top 25 performance using a 69 (-3) in the final round to move into a tie for 18th at 4-over (220). Gardarsson has posted a score in the 60s in all three of his final rounds this fall.
Fernando Cruz Valle also placed in the top 25 in a tie for 24th at 6-over (222), while Andres Navarrete carded his career-low round of 68 (-4) in the final round to finish in 28th at 7-over (223). Navarrete had just one bogey on his card on the day posting five birdies during the round.
The top 25 finish for Cruz Valle is his third of the season and fifth straight dating back to the 2014-15 season. He now has 15 top 25 finishes in his career.
"I was very pleased with the final round efforts of both Ragnar and Andres," Sliman said. "They both played poised and in control as we need and expect them to."
Freshman Triston Elston closed out the scoring for Louisiana in a tie for 36th at 10-over (226).
Santa Clara’s Hayden Shieh shot a 68 (-4) in the final round to overtake teammate Tyler Kertson by two strokes for the individual championship with an overall score of 9-under (207).
The Cajuns continue the fall slate on Oct. 10-11 at the David Toms Intercollegiate hosted in Baton Rouge, La. at the University Club.
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