Cajuns Golf splits pair of decisions at inaugural Southern Collegiate Match Play

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns golf team split a pair of decisions at the inaugural Southern Collegiate Match Play on Saturday at the par-71, 6,902-yard Hattiesburg Country Club.

In the morning match, the Cajuns fell to South Alabama 4-1. After falling behind 2-0, senior Fernando Cruz Valle claimed a point for Louisiana defeating Peter Staalbo, 4 & 3. The Jaguars went on to take the final two points of the match on the 18th hole to send the Ragin’ Cajuns to the consolation match.

Louisiana claimed a 3-2 victory over host Southern Miss in the consolation match. Cruz Valle posted another strong performance besting Derick Kelting, 6 & 5. The Cajuns also picked up victories from Triston Elston over Ryan Argotsinger, 3 & 2, and Ragnar Gardarsson defeated Matt Cod,d 1 up.

The Cajuns return to action April 21-24 at the Sun Belt Conference Championship hosted at the Raven Golf Course in Destin, Fla.

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Semifinals
South Alabama 4, Louisiana 1
No. 1: Brooks Rabren (USA) def. Triston Elston (LA), 1 up
No. 2: Drew Cooke (USA) def. Thomas Strandemo (LA), 2 & 1
No. 3: Jason Mendel (USA) def. Ragnar Gardarsson (LA), 1 up
No. 4: Rasmus Karlsson (USA) def. Aron Juliusson (LA), 1 up
3No. 5: Fernando Cruz Valle (LA) def. Peter Staalbo (USA), 4 & 3

Consolation
Louisiana 3, Southern Mississippi 2
No. 1: Triston Elston (LA) def. Ryan Argotsinger (USM), 3 & 2
No. 2: Matt Lorenz (USM) def. Thomas Strandemo (LA), 1 up (19 holes)
No. 3: Ragnar Gardarsson (LA) def. Matt Codd (USM), 1 up
No. 4: Walker Kesterson (USM) def. Aron Juliusson (LA), 1 up (19 holes)
No. 5: Fernando Cruz Valle (LA) def. Derick Kelting (USM), 6 & 5

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Jeff Schneider

Sports Information Assistant, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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