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Tech golf team endures windy tournament in Tucson

February 19, 2018

 

ANDREW BELL
Sports Editor | agb022@latech.edu

 

The Louisiana Tech golf team may not have had their best performance in windy Tucson, Arizona, Jan. 30, but they gained some valuable experience that will be key moving forward.

 

Tech concluded its first tournament of spring with a 16th-place finish in the Arizona Intercollegiate, hosted by Arizona University at Sewailo Golf Course.

 

They finished with an total team score of 933 (325-320-308), which ranked 16th out of the 17 qualifying teams who competed. This was not the performance first year head coach Matt Terry and his team were hoping for after a more successful tournament in the Duck Commander Intercollegiate Oct. 31, where they finished second overall out of 12 teams.

 

“All in all, we just didn’t handle the wind very well,” Terry said. “It showed in our scores and I think you could tell by looking at the scores of the other teams there how difficult it was to play in that wind. Ultimately we just didn’t adapt very well and we needed to know that in winds like that, par can be a good score. Sometimes even a bogey is a good score when the wind is up enough. But hopefully we will just learn from that and move forward.”

 

The Bulldogs were led by Max Kettler, a freshman transfer from Stephen F. Austin, who shot a three-round total of 227 (83-69-75). That was good enough for a tie for 41st in the competitive field of golfers. Other key performers for Tech included senior Hayden Frederick, who was their only player to post three straight rounds in the 70s to close out the tournament with a total score of 234 (78-77-79), and Ryan Alford who raked in a score of 235 (79-76-80).

 

“(Kettler) probably played the best on the team,” Terry said. “He played really well and that 69 that he shot in the second round was a good score for him. I also thought Hayden Frederick played decent. Those two guys qualified 1-2 and coincidentally they were 1-2 on the team, so I think that’s a direct correlation.”

 

Play was stopped Monday in the middle of the second round due to darkness, so the rest of that round was continued the next day. This didn’t stop Tech from having their most successful round in that time, posting 25 points higher in the second round than the first, with a total score of 300.

 

“We’ve just got to grow and mature as a team,” Terry said. “We’ve got to get a little tougher in a lot of ways, mentally more than physically. We’ve got the ability, but we’ve just got to be a little bit mentally tougher when we’re out on the course.”

 

Tech’s next competition will be in Mobile, Alabama, as it heads to Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove golf club for the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate.

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