Lake Charles, La. – The Texas State men’s golf team tied Sam Houston State for second place at the 2008 Southland Conference Championships after finishing the tournament with a team score of 894 at the Gray Plantation Country Club.
The Bobcats moved into a second-place tie after firing a team score of 302 in the final round on the Par-72, 6946-yard course as Tyler Barnes-Wolf, Michael Carnes and Corey Roberson were among sixth players tied for 17th place in the individual standings.
Barnes-Wolf and Oscar Zetterwall finished the final round with a 3-over-par 75 to lead the Bobcats in the final round, while Carnes and Philip Krebsbach finished the day at 4-over-par. Corey Roberson, who began the day tied for second place, finished the tournament with an 81 after recording four bogies and four double-bogies Wednesday.
Barnes Wolf began the day with a birdie on the first hole, but followed that with four bogies on the first nine holes of the day. He came back to shoot an even par 36 on the back nine, recording two birdies on 14 and 15, along with two bogies on the final two holes.
Krebsbach had five bogies on the first six holes, before he eagled the par-5 seventh hole and finished the front nine at 3-over-par. He came back to shoot a 1-over-par 37 as he began and ended the back nine with a bogie sandwiched around a birdie on the 16th hole.
Carnes got off to a fast start with a birdie and eagle on the first two holes, before he sandwiched a bogie on the fifth and nine hole around a birdie on number eight to finish the front nine at 2-under-par. However on the back nine, he started off with a bogie on 10, and double-bogie on 12. He also had a double-bogie on 15 and a pair of bogies on 14 and 16 before recording a birdie on the par-3 17th hole.
Zetterwall tied Carnes for Texas State’s best scores on the front nine as he recorded three birdies after opening the final round with a bogie for a 34. Then, he had three bogies and one double bogey on the back nine to finish the day at 3-over-par.
However, no one struggled like Roberson did in the final round after he had finished the first two rounds tied for second place in the individual standings. He had a birdie on the second and 10th holes, and an eagle on the par-4 16th hole. But, he also recorded a quadruple bogey on the seventh hole, a triple bogey on the 11th and a double bogie on the ninth. He also had single bogies on No. five, 12, 14 and 15.
He closed out the tournament with a pair of pars to drop into a tie for 17th place with Barnes-Wolf, Carnes, Graham Benson and Eddie Brescher III of Southeastern Louisiana and Fergal Rafferty of Sam Houston State.
Sam Houston State’s Scott Kelly was the Southland Conference individual champion after he birdied the final two holes of regulation and fired a par and a birdie on the first two holes in a sudden death playoff against Sigmundur Masson of McNeese State. Kelly and Masson finished regulation tied with a 1-under par 215. Hughes Joannes of Lamar finished in third place with a 1-over-par 217, while his teammates Justin Harding and Russell Helson tied for fourth place at 2-over-par.
Lamar won the team title with a 54-hole team score of 866 after firing a 2-over-par 290 in the third round.
Southeastern Louisiana and UTSA tied for fourth place with team scores of 896. They were two shots back of Texas State and Sam Houston State.
By RICK POULTER
Sports Information Director