Golf: Ragin’ Cajuns Finish Seventh At Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate
Jeff Schneider, Assistant Director of Athletics CommunicationsMOBILE, Ala. – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns golf team moved up three spots in the final round of the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate to capture a seventh place finish on Tuesday at the par 72, 7,212-yard Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course.
"It was really nice to see the younger guys on the squad step up and post some low numbers," head coach Theo Sliman said. "Our young guys are really starting to show some promise, and I was proud of Bjorn (Gudjonsson) to pick up his first career top 25 finish. As a group, we aren't where we need to be to compete for championships. We are going to need a complete team effort for us to be able to compete. Hopefully we can capitalize on the momentum that we have gained in the last couple days going forward."
The Cajuns finished in a tie with Jacksonville State and Richmond for seventh with a three-round score of 20-over par (884). No. 29 Florida State was the wire-to-wire champion with a score of 30-under (834).
Florida State's Harry Ellis and Jamie Li shared the individual title with a 54-hole score of 11-under (205).
Gudjonsson Claims First Career Top 25
True freshman Bjorn Gudjonsson claimed his first career top 25 finish at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate finishing in a tie for 25th with a three-round score of 3-over par (219). After carding a 73 in the first round, Gudjonsson fired his second round under par on the season in the second round of the tournament with a 71 (-1). The Mosfellsbaer, Iceland native had just one blemish on his card during the second round.
Freshmen Shine In Final Round
True freshmen Cole Kendrick and Justin Caldwell both posted a round of par or better in the final round to help Louisiana climb the leaderboard. Kendrick notched his first collegiate round under par carding a 71 (-1). After opening the final round with a double bogey, Kendrick settled down to post four birdies and just one bogey to close out the round.
Caldwell had just one blemish on his card in the final round picking up a birdie on hole 16 to record a round of even par (72).
The Cajuns return to action on Feb. 26-27 as they host the 33rd annual Louisiana Classics at Oakbourne Country Club. The Louisiana Classics is free to the public. Following the Louisiana Classics, the Ragin' Cajuns head to the Border Olympics March 9-10 in Laredo, Texas.
MOBILE SPORTS AUTHORITY INTERCOLLEGIATE FINAL RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 864)
1. Florida State 280-278-276=834 -30; 2. South Alabama 287-287-276=850 -14; 3. WKU 291-279-288=858 -6; 4. Illinois State 299-286-282=867 3; 5. Kennesaw State 295-294-281=870 6; 6. Notre Dame 297-292-284=873 9; T7. Louisiana 300-295-289=884 20; T7. Jacksonville State 297-292-295=884 20; T7. Richmond 300-291-293=884 20; T10. Nicholls 299-298-288=885 21; T10. Central Arkansas 295-289-301=885 21; 12. Louisiana Tech 304-296-290=890 26; 13. Oral Roberts 306-298-287=891 27; T14. Samford 302-302-290=894 30; T14. Abilene Christian 319-290-285=894 30; 16. Southern Miss 307-295-300=902 38
LOUISIANA SCORES (Par 216)
T25. Bjorn Gudjonsson, 73-71-75=219 3
T27. Triston Elston, 74-73-73=220 4
T43. Justin Caldwell, 75-76-72=223 7
T56. Cole Kendrick, 78-77-71=226 10
T67. Jack Tolson, 82-75-73=230 14
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