Markus Krieger posts top finish with a 151 to come in tied for 12th in final tune up before SLC Championship
BATON ROUGE, La. – Senior Markus Krieger fired a seven-over par 151 and sophomore Michael Sotile finished tied for 27th as an unattached participant as the University of New Orleans men’s golf team concluded the 2016-17 regular season with a sixth-place showing at the Tiger Classic on Tuesday at the par-72, 7,419-yard University Club.
Playing on a course that will host one of six NCAA Regional sites from May 15-17, the Privateers struggled overall and finished the day with an 82-over-par 658. UNO fired a 326 during the morning’s opening round before finishing with a 332 over the final 18 holes.
“I thought Markus competed hard and really played well, especially this afternoon,” first-year head coach Jeff Lorio said. “Michael also showed a lot of grit and put up a good number this afternoon. The University Club is a big golf course and it will prove to be a stern test in a few weeks when LSU hosts an NCAA Regional there.”
Krieger finished tied for 12th after firing a six-over-par 77 in the opening round before carding a 74 in the afternoon. Sotile eight strokes back with a 159 (79-80), but none of the other New Orleans golfers shot below an 80 in either round throughout the rest of the lineup.
Junior Homero de Toledo was next for the Privateers at 33rd with a plus-25 169 (85-84) while fellow junior Petter Salqvist was tied for 34th with a 170 (86-84). Junior Anton Persson (83-90) and Erik Dege (81-92) finished tied for 37th with 173s.
Host LSU took home the team title with a six-over-par 582 (295-287), easily outdistancing runners-up Arkansas (299-298) and Southeastern Louisiana (293-304) with identical 597s. The Tigers’ Nathan Jeansonne, who took to the links as an individual, won medalist honors with a nine-under 135 (67-68) to finish three strokes ahead of teammate Luis Gagne (72-66=138).
“Today proved that we are not where we want to be as a program,” Lorio added. “All we can do is continue to work hard and be prepared for the Southland Championship in two weeks.”
The Privateers return to action on Monday, April 24, when they travel to McKinney, Texas, to open play in the 2017 Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championship. The three-day event will conclude on Wednesday, April 26, and the winner will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regional round.
TEAM SCORES: 1. LSU 295-287=582 (+6); T2. Arkansas 299-298=597 (+21), Southeastern Louisiana 293-304=597 (+21); 4. Texas A&M 303-299=602 (+26); 5. McNeese 306-307=613 (+37); 6. New Orleans 326-332=658 (+82); 7. Centenary 354-264=718 (+142).
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: 1. Nathan Jeansonne* (LSU) 67-68=135 (-9); 2. Louis Gagne (LSU) 72-66=138 (-6); 3. Cameron Champ (Texas A&M) 69-71=140 (-4); 4. Luis Garza (Arkansas) 70-71=141 (-3); 5. Brandon Pierce (LSU) 75-68=143 (-1).
NEW ORLEANS SCORES: T12. Markus Krieger 77-74=151 (+7); T27. Michael Sotile* 79-80=159 (+15); 33. Homero de Toledo 85-84=169 (+25); T34. Petter Salqvist 86-84=170 (+26); T37. Anton Persson 83-90=173 (+29), Erik Dege 81-92=173 (+29).