28th Annual Louisiana Classics Final Results
Contact: Jeff Schneider
LAFAYETTE, La. – The Ragin' Cajuns golf team posted a final round score of 11-over (299) on Tuesday to finish in tenth at the 28th Annual Louisiana Classics held at Oakbourne Country Club.
"We are in dire need of someone to take over at the four and five positions," head coach Theo Sliman. "The guys need to reflect back at the scores, and not just their own but of the field. They'd see that you don't always have to post stellar numbers to win a tournament. They just need to be good enough to where you are having to throw out a decent number."
The Cajuns finished with a 54-hole total of 35-over par (899) dropping one spot in the final round.
No.20 Illinois was the team champion carding a final round score of one-under par (287) to move to two-over (866) for the tournament. The Fighting Illini finished eight strokes ahead of No.14 LSU (+10, 874). No.34 Houston (+12, 876), No.38 Tulsa (+13, 877) and No.23 Kent State (+13, 877) round out the top 5 teams.
Zach Wright of LSU was the wire-to-wire individual champion finishing the tournament with a three round score of seven-under (209).
Senior Brandt Garon posted his third career top 10 finish and second of the spring finishing in fourth at two-under par (214). Garon carded a 73 (+1) in his final round.
"I'm extremely proud of not only Brandt's finish, but how he didn't falter in the final round," Sliman stated. "For a young man to make triple bogey on his ninth hole of the final round and to battle back to finish fourth overall is quite an accomplishment."
Ethan Savoy placed just outside of the top 25 in a tie for 26th at five-over par (221) after posting a final round score of even-par (72).
"It was bittersweet to see both Brant and Garon birdie their final hole of the Louisiana Classics." Sliman added.
Freshman Thomas Strandemo ended up in a tie for 39th at nine-over par (225), while Kelsey Angelle carded a score of 13-over par to place in a tie for 52nd.
"I'm anxious to get back at it coming up next week," Sliman mentioned. "Playing 10 guys this week has set the stage for the remainder of the season as we trying and narrow down our lineup for conference. We should have a tremendous test in front of us at Squire Creek and I know the guys are anxious to get back in action already."
Louisiana returns to action on March 11-12 at the Argent Financial Classic held in Choudrant, La. at Squire Creek Country Club.