LAFAYETTE, La. — The Texas State men’s golf team shot an eight-over-par 296 and finished in a fourth-place tie with Southeastern Louisiana at the 24th Annual Louisiana Classics.
The Bobcats were led by senior Corey Roberson, who finished in a three-way tie for eighth place in the individual standings after shooting a one-over-par 73 on the final 18 holes of the par-72, 7,141-yard course at the Oakbourne Country Club.
Michael Carnes shot a three-over-par 75 in the final round and ended the tournament tied for 21st place, while Jeff Gerlich tied for 26th place after shooting a two-over-par 74 in the final round.
Alastair Jones also shot a two-over-74 score in the final round after opening the tournament with two rounds of seven and eight over par to tie for 71st place.
Carson Gibson tied for 53rd place after he finished the tournament with a nine-over-par score of 81 in the final round. Gibson began the tournament shooting one-over par through the first two rounds.
New Orleans won the team title after the Privateers fired a one-over-par 289 as a team in the final round and finished the tournament with a six-under par 858. The host school, Louisiana-Lafayette finished in second place one shot back, while SMU posted the best team score in the third round with a three-under-par 285 to finish in third place. Texas State and Southeastern Louisiana finished the tournament with scores of 872 to tie for fourth place, while Rice and Colorado tied for sixth place with team scores of 873. Memphis finished in eighth place with a team score of 876, while Kansas had a score of 884 for ninth place and Arkansas-Little Rock rounded out the top 10 teams with a score of 885.
Adam Cornelson of New Orleans was the individual champion after hitting an eight-foot birdie putt on the fifth playoff hole against Southeastern Louisiana’s Cedric Scotto. Cornelson and Scotto finished the third round in a tie with a six-under-par three-round total of 210.
Walt Koebel of Kansas, Pat Grady of Colorado and Devin Carrey of Louisiana-Lafayette tied for second place at five-under-par, while Kelly Kraft of SMU and Michael Whitehead of Rice tied for sixth place with three-under-par scores of 213.
Roberson, Felipe Velazquez of UALR and Marco Sambol of SMU tied for eighth place with a two-under-par total of 214.
This marks the first of two tournaments in which the Bobcats will play this week. Texas State also travels to Laredo, Texas to play in the Border Olympics on Friday-Saturday, Mar. 13-14.
— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION/RICK POULTER