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UL golfer Pritchard wins College Players Tour national title

Pritchard, Carrey, Tennis Slates

Daily Advertiser, August 15, 2007

EULESS, Texas – UL sophomore golfer Kyle Pritchard claimed one of the South’s top collegiate summer titles last week when he won the Collegiate Players Tour national championship.

Pritchard, a San Antonio native who was part of UL’s Sun Belt Conference championship squad as a freshman last season, compiled a 7-under par 203 total over three rounds at the 6,762-yard Texas Star Golf Course located near Dallas. His total was good enough for a six-stroke win over a field that included 2006 winner Bill Allcorn of Baylor, who finished third at 211.

Pritchard trailed eventual runner-up Eric Durbin of Oklahoma by two strokes after the first round and took a share of the lead after 36 holes. His 4-under 66 in the final round was the low score and tied with Durbin’s opening 66 for the low round of the tournament.

Pritchard had a 76.7 stroke average for UL in eight tournaments last season including a spot in the NCAA East Regional.

"After not having the kind of freshman season he had hoped, like all good players, he didn’t accept that," said UL coach Bob Bass. "He went home and worked at it. That’s why he’s better now than he was at the end of our year. He had the talent, but bringing it out under pressure is a different matter. He’s learning to do that."

Pritchard tied for second at the Tour’s stop in Austin, Texas, three weeks before the national meet.


Carrey advances in Canada

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – UL junior golfer Devin Carrey finished tied for 26th in the stroke play division of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship that ended Tuesday, and he will advance to the 64-player match-play round.

Carrey, a native of Surrey, British Columbia and a junior on this year’s Cajun squad, shot 73-77-150 in the stroke-play rounds and was only four strokes out of the top 10 in the 159-player event at the 7,098-yard par-72 Riverside Country Club. Carrey will open match play today, with single-elimination matches aiming toward a national title match on Sunday.


UL sets tennis slates

UL men’s and women’s tennis coach Kati Gyulai announced schedules for both Cajun teams this week, with both squads playing four tournaments and one fall tourney during the fall season before UL hosts the Sun Belt Conference Tournament to end the spring campaign.

Both teams open fall play in September, the men in the Baylor Invitational Sept. 21-23 and the women at the Ole Miss Fall Classic Sept. 14-16. The men, coming off an 11-9 season and a fourth-place finish in the Sun Belt last season, will play a home tournament Nov. 2-4 in the UL Invitational at Cajun Courts.

The women’s squad, 13-8 last season before losing in the Sun Belt quarterfinals, will host the Pepsi Challenge on Oct. 26-28 at Cajun Courts to cap its fall season.

For the entire tennis season schedule, please see page 2D.

Both teams open spring seasons with home matches against Grambling and Nicholls State on Jan. 27 and 31. The UL men will play seven home matches and the women six in the spring prior to the Sun Belt meet April 18-20 at Cajun Courts.