Cruz Valle captures third place finish at Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate

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MOBILE, Ala. – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns senior golfer Fernando Cruz Valle carded a final round score of 1-over par (73) on a wet Tuesday to finish in a tie for third place with a 54-hole score of 3-under (213) at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate hosted at the par-72, 7,212-yard Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course.

“I’m very pleased and proud to see Fernando come out in the first tournament of the spring in his senior campaign and post a good result,” head coach Theo Sliman said. “It was great to see him come out of the gates with a good round, but I think he really learned a lot in the second and third rounds. It’s not easy to play with a lead. He really had to battle some tough conditions today, and it would have been easy for him to fall down the leaderboard, but he persevered and is going to take home a good experience to draw on for the rest of the spring. I expect for him to carry this momentum over and put himself in the same position the rest of the season.”

Cruz Valle got off to a tough start with two bogeys in his first nine holes but then bounced back with a pair of birdies in his final nine holes to record his sixth career top 5 finish and first since Sept. 15, 2015 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate.

Georgia State’s Alexander Herrmann and Chattanooga’s Wes Gosselin shared the individual tournament title with a three-round score of 6-under (210).

Louisiana moved up one spot in the final round to end the two-day event in 11th place with a score of 23-over (887).

“This is a disappointing result for our first event of the spring,” Sliman said. “We are better than this, and we expect more from ourselves. Hopefully we are coming home with a lot of motivation from this tournament. We have a great opportunity in less than a week when we host some of the best teams in the nation at our home event.”

Louisville overcame host South Alabama in the final round to win the event with a score of 8-under (856). The Jaguars (859, -5), Mississippi State (-2, 862), Chattanooga (-2, 862) and Georgia State (E, 864) rounded out the top 5 finishers.

Freshman Aron Juliusson moved up 12 spots in the final round to finish in a tie for 44th with a 54-hole score of 8-over (224). Thomas Strandemo placed in a tie for 56th at 12-over (228), while Ryan Desormeaux ended the day one stroke back in 61st. Ragnar Gardarsson rounded out the scoring in 65th place with a score of 15-over (231).

In the USA Individual Tournament, sophomore Triston Elston finished in a tie for ninth at 9-over (222).

The Ragin’ Cajuns return to action Feb. 27-28 as the program hosts the 32nd Annual Louisiana Classics at Oakbourne Country Club. Admission to the event is free.

For updates and info on Ragin’ Cajuns golf, follow the squad on twitter @RaginCajunsGolf or check RaginCajuns.com.

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Jeff Schneider

Sports Information Assistant, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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