Men's golf finishes fourth at Miramont Invitational

Sports Reporter

The Texas State men’s golf team tied for fourth place in the Miramont Invitational co-hosted by Rice and Sam Houston State Oct. 13-14 in Bryan, Texas.

The Bobcats shot a 12-over-par 588, which tied them with Sam Houston State, Louisiana and Rice, and finished only one stroke away from third-place Columbia.

Junior Torbjorn Johansen placed 13th overall in the tournament with an even-par 144. Johansen had nine birdies, five bogeys and two double bogeys. He shot a personal season-best even-par 71 in the final round.

“The team played well,” Coach Shane Howell said. “We gave ourselves a shot to win the tournament the last day and couldn’t get it done, unfortunately. Overall, though, I’m pleased with how the team played.”

Junior Eloy Gonzalez shot a 7-over-par 79 and a 9-over-par 81 in the tournament. Gonzalez showed some resiliency by shooting a birdie on the 17th hole in his final round to give him a 1-over-par 37 in the final nine holes.

“Patience is a key component to have in your back pocket,” Gonzalez said. “Even though I had some tough holes and some shots not ending up as good as I wanted, I never really lost my concentration. If I had a bad hole or a bad series of holes, I just had to recover, so I did that and hit some good shots.”

Due to inclement weather, the first round was canceled. The teams played their second rounds with winds up to 25-30 miles per hour.

The Texas State team posted an 8-over-par 296 in the first round. The team achieved a 4-over-par 292 in the final round.

“The wind was the biggest factor in the tournament,” Howell said. “It was gusty and made it hard to select the right club on each and every shot. The guys had to make great course management decisions in order to compete at a high level.”

The margin for error on the course is decreased with winds exceeding 25 miles per hour.  

“Obviously bad weather is not a best friend for golfers,” Gonzalez said. “We didn’t play the first 18 holes because there was a tornado warning, but thankfully it didn’t hit us. So for us golfers, there are tough conditions, and you really have to value your shots because a minimum mistake can turn into a big mistake.”

The team has room for improvement, however. Howell emphasized the importance of his team having a better short game.

The team has time to rest before it plays two tournaments in seven days beginning Oct. 20 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate course.