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Golf: Ragin’ Cajuns Finish Seventh At Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate

Jeff Schneider, Assistant Director of Athletics Communications

MOBILE, 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).
 
Up Next
 
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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