Men's golf finishes fourth at Miramont Invitational

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.”

Women's golf to play in Schooner Fall Classic

The Texas State women's golf team is participating in The Schooner Fall Classic at Belmar Golf Club, Oct- 4-6.

The team placed 15th in last year’s event, finishing with a 63-over-par-904.

“We know the golf course a little bit better,” Coach there is some course management, and there is a drivable par 4 there,” Coach Mike Akers said. “The cold front came through last year, the north wind started blowing, and it was really hard to manage. We are excited to get back there and play better.”

As one of the top performers on the team at last year’s Schooner Fall Classic, Maty Monzingo, sophomore, is working diligently to improve her performance.

Golf places eighth in Golfweek Conference Challenge

The Texas State women’s golf team finished eighth in the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colorado, Sept. 22-24. The team, with a six shot improvement from the Minnesota Invitational, finished ahead of UTSA, Lamar and Nebraska. 

The course was similar to the Minnesota Invitational because of bent grass, except there were no trees. The weather warmed up on the third day of the tournament the first two days, making it a better fit to play. 

“The elevation changes was something the team had to overcome," Coach Mike Akers said. "I’m going to guess they walked about eight miles in one day on the golf course the way it’s spread out. It was a physical challenge to walk that golf course to say the least.”

Golf preparing for first tournaments of season

The Texas State men and women’s golf teams will have their first tournaments of the 2014 season.

The men’s golf team competes at the Golf Week Conference Challenge in Burlington, Iowa Sept. 14. The women’s golf team competes at the Minnesota Invitational in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sept 15. 

The Golf Week Conference Challenge takes one team from each Division I conference: Texas State’s men team is representing the Sun Belt Conference. 

Coach Shane Howell, in his eighth season of coaching the men’s golf team, describes the course as a fair and demanding. Howell views this match as a good starting point to project season performance from the team. 

Beyond the Game: Stuart Smallwood


Stuart Smallwood’s father, Cliff, gave Stuart his first set of golf clubs when he was only three years old. The golfing set came with five balls, a set of clubs and a putter. This play set of plastic golfing toys would eventually spark the interest leading to Stuart’s successful career in the sport.

Stuart’s father played golf at Cameron University, inspiring his son. Cliff mentored his son throughout the beginnings of his career, teaching Stuart how to golf.

“He’s my swing coach,” Stuart said. “He has been there every step of the way and will continue to be in the future. When I was three, he would take me to the putting green and I would just put. I loved it.  That is all I wanted to do. My father and I would have putting competitions for hours.”

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