Bearkat Men Finish 4th At SLC Golf Tournament

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KERRVILLE -- Led by Robert Gwin, who fired a four-under final round 68 to move into the top 10 individuals, Sam Houston State's golfers leap-frogged Texas-Arlington and finished fourth in the final standings at the 44th annual Southland Conference men's golf championship.

The Bearkats' 54-hole score was 309-289-288--886. The fourth place finish was the highest for the men's team in six seasons. The 2001 Bearkats also placed fourth at the Southland tournament.

Lamar University, ranked eighth in NCAA Division I men's golf, ran away with the team title. The Cardinals won by 33 strokes with a team total of 284-268-273--825. The top four individual finishers each were Lamar Cardinals.

Dawie Van Der Walt was the individual champion with a 13-under score of 72-65-66--203.

Sam Houston State scores and finishes were Robert Gwin, 10th, 77-72-68--217; Brandon Frankhouser 15th, 78-69-76--223, Beau Willis 21st 81-73-71--225, Fergal Rafferty 21st, 76-75-74--225; and Scooter Jefferson 31st, 78-75-75--228.

Southeastern Louisiana finished as the team runnerup with a 858 total,
followed by Texas-San Antonio 877, Sam Houston 886, Texas-Arlington 890, Texas State-San Marcos 892, McNeese State 915, Stephen F. Austin 917, Central Arkansas 928, and Nicholls 946.

Southland Conference men's golf final results

Kerrville - Comanche Trace Golf Club - par 72 - 7,103 yards

Team Standings 1R 2R 3R Total
1 Lamar 284 268 273 825
2 Southeastern LA 290 286 282 858
3 Texas-San Antonio 290 291 296 877
4 SAM HOUSTON 309 289 286 884
5 Texas-Arlington 305 302 283 890
6 TX St-San Marcos 309 287 296 892
7 McNeese St 321 303 291 915
8 Stephen F. Austin 315 303 299 917
9 Central Arkansas 323 302 303 928
10 Nicholls State 329 311 306 946

Individual Medalist 1R 2R 3R Total
1 Dawie VanDerWalt, Lamar 72 65 66 203
2 Oliver Bekker, Lamar 71 67 68 206
3 Casey Clendenon, Lamar 70 69 70 209
4 Dusty Smith, Lamar 76 67 69 212

Sam Houston Scores 1R 2R 3R Total
10 Robert Gwin 77 72 68 217
15 Brandon Frankhouser 78 69 76 223
21 Beau Willis 81 73 71 225
21 Fergal Rafferty 76 75 74 225
31 Scooter Jefferson 78 75 73 226