Seniors Erik Dege, Markus Krieger led Privateers with identical 228s to sit tied for 32nd overall
JONESBORO, Ark. – Senior Erik Dege shot a two-over par 74 and the University of New Orleans golf team fired its best round of the week with a 306 as the Privateers finished 15th overall at the ASU Red Wolf Intercollegiate on Tuesday at the par-72, 6,676-yard RidgePointe Country Club.
Dege was one of four Privateers to post their best individual rounds of the event over the final 18 holes as juniors Homero de Toledo and Anton Persson carded respective scores of 76 and 79 while sophomore Michael Sotile tallied an 81. The Tuesday surge lifted New Orleans one spot in the overall team standings to finish the event with a 941 (317-318-306).
“I thought we showed a little bit of pride early in the round, came out and competed better,” first-year UNO head coach Jeff Lorio said. “Unfortunately, we are still having too many mental lapses and are not responding to that adversity very well. Somehow, we have to find a way to get more mentally tough out there on the course.
“We have a lot of work to do over the next couple of weeks to get ready for the conference championship. I look forward to getting back on the practice tee and preparing for McKinney.”
Dege (74-78-74) and fellow senior Markus Krieger (79-74-75) shared the team lead with identical 228s to finish tied for 32nd in the individual standings. Persson was next with a 245 (82-84-79) to come in 77th while Sotile (83-83-81=246) and de Toledo (89-83-76=248) headed to the clubhouse ranked 78th and tied for 80th, respectively.
Host Arkansas State posted the top two team scores of the tournament as the B unit led the way with a 16-over par 880 (295-294-291) to edge the A squad by two strokes (299-291-292=882). Arkansas State-B’s Matthew Cole won medalist honors after carding a three-under par 213 (72-70-71) to edge Murray State’s Matt Zakutney (73-68-75=216) by three strokes.
The Privateers return to action on Thursday, April 13, when they travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take part in the Tiger Classic. That will be the final regular-season tune-up for UNO prior to the 2017 Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championship, which is slated to run from April 24-26 in McKinney, Texas.
TEAM SCORES: 1. Arkansas State-B 295-294-291=880 (+16); 2. Arkansas State-A 299-291-292=882 (+18); T2. UT-Martin 297-295-298=890 (+26), Missouri State 296-302-292=890 (+26); 5. SIU Edwardsville 301-296-296=893 (+29); 6. Murray State 302-299-294=895 (+31); 7. South Dakota 301-303-292=896 (+32); 8. Florida Atlantic 302-304-297=903 (+39); 9. Omaha 311-306-290=907 (+43); 10. Northern Iowa 315-305-296=916 (+52); T11. Oklahoma Christian 316-311-295=922 (+58), Eastern Illinois 317-306-299=922 (+58), Xavier 312-310-300=922 (+58); 14. Creighton 311-321-297=929 (+65); 15. New Orleans 317-318-306=941 (+77); 16. North Dakota 309-323-318=950 (+86).
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: 1. Matthew Cole (Arkansas State-B) 72-70-71=213 (-3); 2. Matt Zakutney (Murray State) 73-68-75=216 (E); T3. Matthew Loiacano (Arkansas State-B) 73-73-71=217 (+1), Hunter Richardson (UT-Martin) 70-74-73=217 (+1), Jack Knoesel (Missouri State) 70-76-71=217 (+1).
NEW ORLEANS SCORES: T32. Markus Krieger 79-74-75=228 (+12), Erik Dege 74-78-74=228 (+12); 77. Anton Persson 82-84-79=245 (+29); 78. Michael Sotile 82-83-81=246 (+30); T80. Homero de Toledo 89-83-76=248 (+32).