Kierra Lewis

Beyond the game: Justin Newby, junior

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Justin Newby, junior, faced a tough decision during his freshman year of high school. 

Newby's choice was between golf and soccer. He began playing soccer at the age of five, taking part in games and tournaments for 10 years. 

Newby’s father introduced him to golf when he was 10 years old. A young Newby rode in his father's golf cart, learning by observing the details of the game. 

“I thought my best chance was golf,” Newby said. “I knew the immediate progression I had in golf, I could use in my advantage and take to the next level.”

Bobcats complete season at Sun Belt Conference Tournament

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This week, Texas State men’s golf competed in the Sun Belt Conference, the final tournament of the season.

“We did not get off to a good start,” Coach Howell said.

As a whole, the men finished in seventh place with a 1-over-par 285, ranking them 105th for the spring season. The weather was a factor in the tournament and in the Bobcats’ performance. The first day was postponed due to rain, and the wind affected the men’s performance during the first round.

“The wind was a little more than the practice round,” Howell said. “We played really good the last two rounds, but we unfortunately got too far behind after the first round.”

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.

Bobcats look to bounce back in Jim West Intercollegiate

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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.”

Men's golf earns two runner-up finishes in Louisiana Classics

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The Texas State men’s golf team held its own against the No. 1 team in the country, Illinois, in the Louisiana Classics.

The team placed second behind Illinois with a final score of 867. The Bobcats lead the Sun Belt Conference, averaging a record of 290.4 in seven tournaments this year.

“The guys dug deep and played some of the best golf I’ve seen since I’ve been associated with Texas State golf,” said Coach Shane Howell. “I think this was big for our confidence. We knew we were a good team and trending in the right direction, but we needed something to certify that. This week’s performance does that.”

Freshman golfer enters history books at tournament

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Tyler Saunders, accounting freshman, is in the second semester of his university golf career.

He has already added a tournament title to his resume.

“I think this is the start of something big for him in his college career,” Coach Shane Howell said.

Saunders finished as the co-medalist of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. The win was the first of his career.

“It meant a lot,” Saunders said. “I felt like I’ve been working pretty hard but haven’t quite been getting the results I’ve wanted, so it’s nice to have that reward for how hard I feel like I’ve been trying to improve.”

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