Juliusson places sixth at Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational

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PRINCEVILLE, Hawaii – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns freshman golfer Aron Juliusson closed out the fall season on a strong note as he placed in a tie for sixth at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational on Tuesday at the par-72, 7,223-yard Princeville Makai Golf Club.

Juliusson carded a round of 69 (-3) in the final 18 holes to finish with a career-low, three-round score of seven-under par (209). The finish is Juliusson’s second top 10 performance of the fall and marks the second time this season that he has registered back-to-back rounds in the 60s. The Gardabaer, Iceland native played a bogey-free final nine holes with three birdies to pick up the top 10 finish.

“Really pleased and proud of Aron’s performance,” head coach Theo Sliman said. “He started off the fall with a top 10 and finished the fall with a top 10. That shows consistency and that he can play at a high level. That’s something good to see from a person in only his first semester here.”

As a team, the Cajuns ended the event in tenth place with a 54-hole score of 7-over (871) after notching a score of 3-over (291) in the final round.

“We saw some good things this week playing against some high level competition throughout the 54 holes,” Sliman stated. “The thing that was lacking was consistency throughout the team. You kind of saw a little bit of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde throughout the tournament. That’s something we are going to have to correct come the spring if we want to make a run.”

No. 25 Ole Miss was the wire-to-wire champion with a score of 33-under (831). Sam Houston State (-11, 853), No. 24 Missouri (-4, 860), No. 22 Arizona State (-2, 862) and Louisville (-1, 863) round out the top 5 teams.

Ole Miss’ Braden Thornberry claimed individual medalist honors using a final round 67 (-5) to take the top spot with an overall score of 13-under (203).

Senior Fernando Cruz Valle finished the tournament in a tie for 41st with a score of 4-over (220), while Triston Elston ended up in a tie for 52nd with a three-round score of 6-over (222).

Ragnar Gardarsson placed in a tie for 67th at 9-over (225), and Jack Tolson wrapped up the scoring for the Cajuns in a tie for 78th at 14-over (230).

“I believe a lot in this team,” Sliman said. “They have what it takes both mentally and physically to make a good run in the spring. We have got to get back to work and continue to improve during the break. This offseason could have a big impact on whether or not this team makes the postseason come May.”

Louisiana opens the spring season Feb. 20-21 at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala.

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

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Jeff Schneider

Sports Information Assistant, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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