TUCSON, Ariz. – Louisiana Tech’s men’s golf team closed out its first competition of the spring season Tuesday by finishing 15th in the Arizona Intercollegiate hosted by the Wildcats at Sewailo Golf Course in Tucson, Arizona.
As a team, the Bulldogs showed improvement in each round of the two-day event to wrap up play on Tuesday with a total team score of 925 (318-311-296). Individually, senior Charles Neel White and freshman Joacim Ahlund led the Bulldogs with the two each shooting a three-round total of 225 (12-over-par) to finish tied for 34th in the competitive field of golfers.
“With the opportunity to compete on a great course versus several top 50 programs and a number of them from the Pac 12, we went into this event with confidence,” head coach Jeff Jenkins said. “Unfortunately, we had a tough week and did not capitalize on this tournament. We faced some very tough weather on the first day and could not make the needed adjustments and the scores showed. I’m proud of the guys for having a solid round today and that our team score improved each round. I’m also proud of the play of senior Charles Neel White and true freshman Joacim Ahlund.”
After posting a team score of 318 in the first round, the Bulldogs improved in the second round of play, which was stretched over two days after play was halted Monday evening due to darkness. In the second round, LA Tech posted a team score of 311, while White led the Bulldogs by shooting just one over par for a score of 72, which tied him for 27th individually entering the third and final round.
In the third round of play, Ahlund posted the lowest score of any other Bulldog in the two-day tournament when he shot one-under-par (70) to help LA Tech to a 296 team score in the final round. White (79-72-74=225) and Ahlund (78-77-70=225) both posted three straight rounds in the 70s to end the event tied for 34th.
White (79-72-74=225), Ahlund (78-77-70=225), Felix Palson (80-79-80=239), Hunter Glenn (81-83-75=239) and Jacob Wyatt (89-85-77=251) made up LA Tech’s five-man team at the Arizona Intercollegiate.
“We certainly learned a lot about ourselves playing in this event in the conditions we faced and where we need to improve moving forward,” Jenkins said. “I am excited about continuing to work with my guys the coming months and what the rest of our season can hold for our team.”
LA Tech returns to the course the weekend of Feb. 17 as the Bulldogs get set to compete in the All-American Intercollegiate on the Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas.
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