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March 8th, 2010
Jones leads Bobcats to tourney win in Laredo

030810jonesAlastair Jones shot a 54-hole 217, leading the men’s golf team at Texas State to victory last week at the Border Olympics in Laredo. Texas State sports information photo.


The men’s golf team at Texas State captured its first tournament win of the season last week, winning the Border Olympics at the Laredo Country Club in Laredo by four strokes.

The Bobcats held off a field loaded with top-50 collegiate men’s golf teams in the 59th annual tournament. The Bobcats shot a three-day total of 876.

“This win means so much for the program,” Texas State head coach Shane Howell said. “We competed, top to bottom, with some big name teams in college golf and the win today shows we are headed in the right direction.”

The Bobcats were followed by Oklahoma (880), Lamar (881), Texas-Arlington (882) and Auburn (883).

Arkansas, which finished the 2008-09 season as the national collegiate runner-up, finished sixth with an 888.

Joakim Mikkelsen of Baylor maintained his first-place individual effort to shoot a 213 for the title.

Texas State picked up from a third-place standing after the close of day one to surpass Lamar and Oklahoma for the title. The Bobcats carded a 295 team tally in the final round, a mark tied for the lowest team score of the day.

“As far as individual performances, I can’t pinpoint just one person,” added Howell. “Everyone played well. Everyone stepped up and played to their potential.”

Alastair Jones finished fourth after shooting a final-round 73 today for a 217 total to lead Texas State’s lineup. The sophomore shot a two-under 70 to open the tournament and finished with a 144 heading into last Friday’s final round.

Philip Krebsbach shot a one-under 143 and led the Bobcats after day one, which included two rounds. The junior shot a 76 on the final 18 and tied for eighth with a 219. Michael Carnes matched the three-day score, shooting a 72-71 on day one, and closing out action with a 74.

Texas State’s Jeff Gerlich recovered from an opening round 77 to shoot even, and backed it with another 72 for a 221, tied for 16th in the tournament.

Luis Thiele finished in 66th place after shooting three-straight 78s in the outing.

Andrew Bryant finished tied in 41st competing as an individual, shooting 80-73-74, for a 227 three-round score.

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