View Full Version : Ragin' Cajun golfers finish fourth at Sun Belt

April 22nd, 2004, 06:03 am
<blockquote><p align=justify>Louisiana's golf team didn’t budge from the start of the tournament, and finished in fourth place here Wednesday following the third and final round of the Sun Belt Conference Golf Championships.

The Cajuns struggled to a team 306 score on Wednesday’s final loop around the 6,866-yard par-72 Bluewater Bay Resort course after back-to-back 297 scores on the first two days, and finished with an even 900 score to finish in the fourth spot.

New Mexico State won its first-ever Sun Belt golf title and did it going away, with the Aggies turning in a two-under 286 in Wednesday’s final round and finishing at even-par 864 for the three-day meet. Defending champion North Texas was a distant second, 18 strokes back at 882, while South Alabama was third at 887.

Louisiana finished one stroke ahead of Western Kentucky (901) and two ahead of UALR 902) in a three-team battle for that spot. Middle Tennessee finished at 905, Denver at 906, Arkansas State at 922 and New Orleans at 940.

Cajun senior Brett Ashmore, the squad’s leader since Monday’s opening round, finished with a two-over 74 on Wednesday and tied for sixth in the individual race with a three-over 72-73-74—219 score.

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That place was good enough to earn the Sour Lake, Texas, product his first All-Sun Belt Conference honor.

Junior Steven Pena also took a top-15 finish in the meet, turning in a two-over 74 on Wednesday and finishing at 75-73-74—222 to tie for 15th.

South Alabama’s Gareth Maybin, who held a three-stroke lead entering the final round, struggled to a 74 but held on to claim conference medalist honors with a two-under 214 score for three rounds. Maybin took his eighth career individual victory, passing current PGA Tour player Heath Slocum for the most wins in Jaguar history.

Maybin finished one stroke ahead of New Mexico State’s Brian Thornburg, who had a two-under 70 Wednesday and finished at 215. Aggie teammate Danny Bowen was third at 217 and Ben Kreger and Jake Morris were in a five-player logjam with Ashmore for sixth place in NMSU’s balanced team attack.

NMSU took the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA regionals. Denver claimed the women’s title and the NCAA berth with a playoff victory over defending champion NMSU.