MONTGOMERY – Tiger Woods was back in Texas last week to check on the progress of his latest course, Bluejack National.
The 7,400-yard course nestled in the pines of FM 1488 in Montgomery is currently under construction, and Woods was pleased with its progress. Since construction began in August, 15 holes have been cleared and the rough is beginning to take shape on the front 9 and on the short course, The Playgrounds.
The course is scheduled to open in fall 2015.
“Bluejack is a special place,” Woods said. “The movement of the land through the magnificent forest is a terrific foundation for the course. I’m very pleased with where we are right now, and looking forward to the finished product.
“We’ve cleared the underbrush surrounding the holes—the forest floor is mulch and pine straw. The wide landing areas and open green fronts will deliver a great golf experience for players at any skill level.”
BATON ROUGE, La. – It wasn’t the best tournament for the Rice men’s golf team, but the team managed a top 15 finish at the David Toms Intercollegiate here Sunday.
The Owls shot a three-round 939 [317-314-308].
“This one hurts a lot, but we have to put it behind us and prepare for Miramont,” head coach Justin Emil said. “That will be a good opportunity to bounce back.”
Senior Joel Beck III led the team with a 16-over 232 [80-78-74].
Tournament host LSU won team honors with a 27-over 891, while Tiger Benjamin Taylor claimed individual honors at 2 under.
33. Joe Beck III: 16 over [80-78-74—232]
T40. Tommy Economou: 18 over [78-81-75—234]
T40. James Lee: 18 over [75-80-79—234]
50. Kevin Reilly: 21 over [83-77-77—237]
52. Mitchell Meissner: 23 over [84-78-77—239]
56. Mario Carmona: 26 over [81-79-82—242]
Rice co-hosts the Miramont Invitational at Miramont Country Club Oct. 13-14 in Bryan.
NORMAN, Okla. – Despite a field that featured five-ranked teams, the Texas A&M women’s golf team placed third at the Schooner Fall Classic here Monday.
The Aggies shot a 2-under 838 [283-281-274] at Belmar Golf Club, including a final round 6-under 274.
“The team knew they needed to take advantage of the scoring conditions today,” said head coach Trelle McCombs. “I’m really proud of the way they rallied at the end today.”
Maddie Szeryk and Marijosse Navarro, each of whom finished in the top 10, led the Aggies.
Szeryk continued her dominating play and finished fourth at the tournament. Szyerk shot 5 under, including a 1-under 69 in the final round.
Navarrow finished sixth behind a 4-under 206.
Mississippi State won the team title after shooting a ridiculous 22 under .
T4. Maddie Szeryk: 5 under [70-66-69—205]
6. Marijosse Navarro: 4 under [70-70-66—206]
T30. Thanya Pattamakijska: 3 over [73-73-67—213]
T48. Bianca Fabrizio: 7 over [73-72-72—217]
T70. Andrea Jonama: 12 over [70-76-76—222]
The Aggies head to the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio at Briggs Ranch Golf Course Oct. 26-28.
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ERIE, Colo. – The Houston Baptist men’s golf team turned in a top-5 finish at the rain-shortened Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational on Tuesday.
The 54-hole tournament was cut short due to inclement weather, but that didn’t stop the Huskies from a solid finish.
HBU did it behind plenty of birdies.
Trey Cassity, Isaiah Huerta, and Preston Stanely combined for 16 birdies in what ended up being the final round.
Cassity’s 2-over 74 led HBU.
Tournament-host Colorado won the tournament with a 20-under 556. Colorado’s David Oraee won the tournament with a 13-under 131.
T15. Trey Cassity: 1 under [69-74—143]
T15. Isaiah Huerta: 1 under [71-72—143]
T29. Preston Stanley: 3 over [74-73—147]
T39. Brandon Wilhide: 4 over [75-73—148]
T70: Raul Hernandez: 9 over [73-80—153]
The Huskies return to tournament play Oct. 13-14 at the Miramont Invitational at Miramont Country Club in Bryan.
After turning in two solid tournaments, Sam Houston State sophomore Paige Nelson received Southland Conference recognition.
Nelson was named the Southland Conference Women’s Golfer of the month for September.
Nelson won the ULM Fred Marx Invitational, her first win of her collegiate career, and then turned around the following week and nearly won the ORU Shootout. Nelson finished second by three shots.
It’s been quite the season for the Creekview High School graduate.
Nelson has placed in the top 15 in all three tournaments and in the top 10 in two.
Nelson is averaging a 72.6 stroke average this season, which, if she remains on pace, would break the program’s record of 75.03.
Nelson was an honorable mention All-Southland selection as a freshman.
MADISON, Wis. – A strong second day lead helped the Sam Houston State men’s golf team to clinch its first team title of the season here at the Wisconsin Badger Invitational Sept. 28-30.
The Bearkats edged out Iowa State by a stroke, shooting a three-day 7-over 871 [283-293-295] at University Ridge Golf Course.
All four of Sam Houston’s top four finishers placed in the top 10, led by seniors Zach Cabra and Logan Boatner, who tied for fifth at 1 over.
Cabra’s tournament included an impressive second round in which he shot 4-under 68. Boatner put together three consistent rounds, firing 71-73-73.
Iowa State made it close the final day after shooting 6 under as a team. Iowa State’s Scott Fernandez took top individual honors with a 3-under 213 [75-72-66].
T5. Zach Cabra: 1 over[71-68-78—217]
T5. Logan Boatner: 1 over [71-73-73—217]
9. Klein Klotz: 2 over [71-76-71—218]
T10. Andrew Ertel: 3 over [70-76-73—219]
T49. JT Taylor: 15 over [74-79-78—231]
SHSU will attempt to win back-to-back tournaments for the second consecutive year. Last season, the team won the Kansas State tournament, then returned home and won the Harold Funston Invitational title the following week.
The Bearkats host the Sam Houston Harold Funston Invitational Oct. 6-7 at Raven Next Golf Course
TULSA, Okla. – The Sam Houston State men’s golf team wasn’t the only one celebrating Tuesday.
The women’s golf team captured its first team title of the season, too, Tuesday at the Oral Roberts ORU Shootout at Meadowbrook Country Club.
The Bearkats trailed going into the final round, but fired a final round 299 to surge past Oral Roberts by five strokes.
Sam Houston pieced together three great rounds en route to the title. The team’s overall score, 880 [293-288-299], set a tournament record.
Sophomore Paige Nelson just missed winning her second consecutive tournament by three strokes. Nelson finished tied for second at 6 over with Missouri State’s Megan Furnish.
The Bearkats had four players finish in the top 10.
Alejandra Acosta of Oral Roberts took top medalist honors with a 3-over 216.
T2. Paige Nelson: 6 over [73-70-66—219]
T4. Alisa White: 7 over [72-74-74—220]
T4. Nicole Budnik: 7 over [74-72-74—220]
6. Sarah Black: 8 over [74-72-75—221]
T42. Brooke Fouts: 23 over [79-77-80—236]
Alisa White has finished in the top 15 in all three tournaments this season and in the top 10 twice … Freshman Sarah Black turned in her best performance of her career with a sixth-place finish.
The Bearkats host the Harold Funston Invitational Oct. 6-7 at Raven Nest Golf Course.