Men's golf goes down swinging at St. Mary's Intercollegiate Invitational

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Sports Reporter

The Texas State men’s golf team failed to get a quick start and was unable to get into any rhythm at the St. Mary’s Intercollegiate Invitational.

It was a tough outing for the team, who seemed to struggle with their swing the entire tournament. Coach Shane Howell wasn’t satisfied with the results.

“We played OK our first round. It put us in good position, but the last two days we played mediocre at best,” Howell said.

The course played a big factor in the tournament. It was a known challenge heading into the contest, but the course got the best of the players.

 “Unfortunately for us, we had a couple of players who couldn’t find their swing,” Howell said. “On this kind of course we cannot afford that, which led us to the kind of scores we had.”

The team’s one and two guys struggled to find their swing as well—an issue that Howell didn’t count on—but he knew this wasn’t the type of course to develop that problem.

“It was a difficult and demanding golf course and you had to be on top of your game,” Howell said.

However, there were some positives coming out of the tournament. Texas State placed ahead of Washington State, Gonzaga and BYU, among other teams.

The group received production from the end of their lineups, which Howell is looking forward to building on during the seasons.

“The back end of our lineups showed up, and, if you were to tell me that, I would have for sure thought we would have been in the hunt,” Howell said

Junior David Faraudo finished in 31st place, solidifying his spot as the top Bobcat on the leaderboard.

Junior Anthony Mcgeorge placed inside the top 35 players, with a three-round total of 9-over-par.

Freshman Chase Ambrose made his collegiate debut with a 2-over-par 73. He had four birdies, including three in a four-hole stretch between the sixth and ninth hole.

Howell is ready to get this week of practice going. He is looking forward to the next tournament to see how the group responds.

“We just got to go back to work,” Howell said. “We’ve got a couple of guys who are struggling with their swing, so we’ve got to clean that up and get that in line.”

Even with the tough start of the season, Howell is hoping to turn the tournament into a learning experience for his team.

“This week, we didn’t have our best stuff, but we learned something about ourselves, as in being able to grind out scores when we aren’t on our game,” Howell said.

Texas State’s next tournament is the Sun Belt Championship Preview Sept. 27-28 in Destin, Florida.

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