Bobcats look to bounce back in Jim West Intercollegiate


Sports Reporter

Last week, the Texas State men’s golf team finished the Lone Star Invitational in 13th place after scoring 12 over par, finishing the three rounds with a final score of 876.

Coach Shane Howell is looking for a bounce-back in the Jim West Intercollegiate after his team’s performance.

“The biggest thing is to forget the past and move on to our home tournament,” Howell said.

Texas State hosts the Jim West Intercollegiate at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Bastrop. It is the Bobcats’ final tournament before competing in the Sun Belt Conference.

“We are excited to be playing on one of our home golf courses,” Howell said. “We’re looking forward to getting out there and getting the victory.”

Justin Newby, junior, completed the Lone Star Invitational as the top player on the leaderboard, placing in the top 20 for the fifth time this season. He finished with a 3-under-par 213. Newby was six strokes behind the individual winner, Hannes Ronneblad from Texas Tech.

Newby’s 54-hole score was the second best of the year next to the 6-under-par 200 record he shot in El Paso in November.

Howell hopes experience on the golf course plays to the team’s advantage in the upcoming tournament.

“It is a very difficult golf course, and of course you need local knowledge on it,” Howell said. “We play out there usually once a weekend, and so the guys should be prepared and are real comfortable on that golf course.”

Texas State will host teams from across the country. Sam Houston State, Houston Baptist, Abilene Christian, Oral Roberts, Stephen F. Austin, UT Arlington, UL Monroe, Wichita State, Florida Gulf Coast, UALR, Rice, Central Arkansas, UT Pan American and Saint Mary's (Calif.) will be in attendance.

“It’s a good competition, and we’re playing some of the teams we will see in our conference championship,” Howell said. “So it gives a good taste of what we will see in the conference championship in a couple of weeks.”

For now, the Bobcats continue to play by the advice Howell has repeatedly given them.

“Have a great attitude and great effort on every single shot,” Howell said. “If they can do that, they will be very successful.”

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