Privateers card team-best 298 while senior Markus Krieger paces the squad with a three-over-par 219
DICKSON, Tennessee – Senior Markus Krieger (Business) fired a one-under par 71 and the Privateers logged their best round of the week as the University of New Orleans golf team leaped one spot over the final 18 holes to finish seventh at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate on Tuesday at the par-72, 7,045-yard Greystone Golf Club.
After firing back-to-back 304s on Monday, UNO overcame windy conditions on the course to card a 10-over par 298 in the final round. The Privateers jumped one spot in the final standings and finished just one stroke behind sixth-placed and host Austin Peay (297-303-305). The team’s Tuesday score was the fourth-best score of any of the 10 participating teams.
“It was a great effort in some very difficult conditions today by the guys,” first-year UNO head coach Jeff Lorio said. “The wind blew hard all day today and caused us a few bad holes, but we stuck with our process and posted a solid round of golf. It was nice to see some fight in the team today after coming out a bit flat yesterday. This round will give us a lot of confidence heading into the Samford event in two weeks.”
Three of the five Privateers on hand posted their best respective rounds of the APSU Intercollegiate on Monday as senior Erik Dege (Finance) trimmed two strokes off his previous tournament best with a two-over-par 74 while junior Anton Persson (Finance) matched his previous tourney low with a second-consecutive plus-one 73.
Krieger’s two-day total of three-over 219 (73-75-71) gave the Stockholm, Sweden, native his first Top 10 finish of the 2016-17 season – heading to the clubhouse at the end of the event tied for eighth. A big reason or that was five sub-par holes as UNO posted 12 birdies on the day and 30 holes below par for the tournament (29 birdies, 1 eagle).
Persson was next for UNO with a tie for 24th courtesy of a 10-over par 226 (80-73-73), followed by Dege at 34th with a plus-13 229 (76-79-74). Junior Homero de Toledo (Civil Engineering) and sophomore Michael Sotile (Education) both carded 80s on Tuesday while finishing tied for 44th and 59th, respectively.
“It was nice to see Markus with a Top 10 finish,” Lorio added. “He really played a solid round of golf today. He was a tad unfortunate on his ninth hole, which led to a triple bogey, but he responded well by posting a three-under on back nine.”
Missouri State won the team title with a 13-over par 877 (286-294-297) to finish five strokes better than runner-up Mercer (293-293-296=882) and seven shots ahead of third-placed UT Martin (290-297-297=884). UT Martin’s Hunter Richardson took home medalist honors with a three-under 213 (72-70-71) to finish three shots ahead of runners-up Kory Franks of Missouri State (71-72-73=216), Parker Buck of Belmont (69-73-74=216) and Kiko Rosete of Mercer (73-66-77=216).
New Orleans returns to action on Monday, Oct. 31, when the Privateers close out the fall schedule in the two-day Samford Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Alabama.
TEAM SCORES: 1. Missouri State 286-294-297=877 (+13); 2. Mercer 293-293-296=882 (+18); 3. UT Martin 290-297-297=884 (+20); T4. Murray State 301-295-299=895 (+31), Tennessee Tech 307-296-292=895 (+31); 6. Austin Peay 297-303-305=905 (+41); 7. New Orleans 304-304-298=906 (+42); 8. Belmont 303-293-316=912 (+48); 9. Tennessee State 302-309-311=922 (+58); 10. Eastern Illinois 305-312-311=928 (+64).
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: 1. Hunter Richardson (UT Martin) 72-70-71=213 (-3); T2. Kory Franks (Missouri State) 71-72-73=216 (E), Parker Buck (Belmont) 69-73-74=216 (E), Kiko Rosete (Mercer) 73-66-77=216 (E); T5. Justin Connelly (Mercer) 70-73-75=218 (+2), Jack Knoesel (Missouri State) 70-75-73=218 (+2), Sean Butscher (Austin Peay) 69-77-72=218 (+2).
NEW ORLEANS SCORES: T8. Markus Krieger 73-75-71=219 (+3); T24. Anton Persson 80-73-73=226 (+10); 34. Erik Dege 76-79-74=229 (+13); T44. Homero de Toledo 75-78-80=233 (+17); 59. Michael Sotile 88-78-80=246 (+30).