Men's golf struggles in Jim West Intercollegiate

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Coach Shane Howell was displeased with the Texas State men’s golf team’s performance during the Jim West Intercollegiate.

“I was really disappointed,” Howell said. “Our team was not to a level of where we needed to be.”

The Bobcats finished the tournament with a score of 882, tied for 8th place with Wichita State.

“I think over the last three tournaments we’ve trended downward a little bit, and we’ve had some outstanding plays at times,” Howell said. “But overall as a team, we haven’t had good scores together in three rounds.”

The Bobcats hoped playing the tournament on a course familiar to them would be to their advantage. The tournament started off well for the Bobcats until the wind picked up.

“Wolfdance is an extremely difficulty course,” Howell said. “The wind came up and was gusty at times both days, and so it provided a real challenge, especially on certain holes. But it’s nothing we haven’t seen in practice. I felt like we’ve handled that part OK.”

Torbjorn Johansen, junior, had the best start of any player.

Johansen birdied four of his first five holes in the morning and held a 18-hole lead after a morning round 5-under-par 67, his new career low.

“That was great to see,” Howell said. “He’s been working really hard. (He) got off to a blazing hot start and played a fantastic first round but unfortunately wasn’t able to back up the first round. He struggled quite a bit the first two rounds.”

The Jim West Intercollegiate was the Bobcats’ last seasonal tournament. They will now begin preparing for the Sun Belt Conference tournament April 19-21 at the Raven Golf Club.

The tournament will feature some of the best teams from across the country. Howell plans on using the last tournament as a learning tool to improve the team’s skills.

Howell will not let the last few tournaments change his mindset on the team’s performance in the upcoming conference. He hopes the players qualify for some spots and place in the top four or five.

“The biggest thing is the guys that get up to a rough patch during their rounds need to be able to hang in there and find a way to turn it into a good score,” Howell said. “And right now when we hit a rough patch, we are shooting (as) high (of a) score as possible, unfortunately.”

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