Arkansas Captures Team Title at Golf's Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate
HOUSTON - No. 10 Arkansas held off No. 32 North Texas during the final round to finish as the wire-to-wire team champion with a score of 841 at The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate on Tuesday afternoon.
Posting a final round 285, the Razorbacks finished one stroke ahead of the Mean Green (842) and four strokes ahead of No. 14 Texas A&M (845) on the 7,018-yard, par-72 course at The Woodlands Country Club.
Making its 20th appearance at the tournament, Arkansas earned its second All-American Intercollegiate team title after first winning in 1992. The Hogs opened the tournament with a team score of 280 Monday morning and never looked back.
North Texas posted Tuesday's lowest team round of the day at 282 but fell just short of forcing a playoff.
Texas A&M's Geoff Shaw earned medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 205 to finish two strokes ahead of North Texas' Curtis Donahoe. He became only the second player in tournament history with three consecutive rounds in the 60s, equaling the feat by Aggie Philip Parkin from March 21-23, 1984.
Shaw's 54-hole total was the second-lowest mark in tournament history and fell just two strokes shy of Parkin's record-setting total of 203 in 1984.
Arkansas teammates Thomas Sorensen, Sebastian Cappelen and Kolton Crawford each tied for third at 210. Cappelen provided one of the biggest highlights with his second-round tournament-record-tying 65 on Monday afternoon. He became only the seventh player in tournament history to post an 18-hole score that low.
Hosting the tournament for the first time since 2009 but the 47th time in school history, the University of Houston golf team fell to ninth place after posting a team score of 297.
No. 44 SMU (857), No. 27 Baylor (861) No. 19 Clemson (863), Southeastern Louisiana (867) and Texas State (870) rounded out the top-eight leaders with Tulsa finishing 10th at 873.
On a day that saw all scores rise, the Cougars posted their highest 18-hole total in Tuesday's final round with only freshman Roman Robledo finishing at par or lower. The Harlingen, Texas, native finished in a tie for 50th with a score of 221.
Sophomore Curtis Reed was the team's leading performer and tied for 14th with a score of 214. Sophomore Jesse Droemer tied for 29th at 218, while junior James Ross tied for 54th with a total of 222. Sophomore Bryn Flanagan tied for 64th at 226.
"The hole locations were very challenging. You had to step up and hit great shots, and unfortunately, we did not do that Tuesday. We did not put the ball in the proper place and put up too many high scores," third-year head coach Jonathan Dismuke said. "It's very hard to be competitive when you do that."
ALL-AMERICAN INTERCOLLEGIATE HISTORY
This was the first time since 2009 that the Cougars played host to The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate. For years, this event ranked as one of the nation's premier collegiate tournaments, featuring some of the country's top student-athletes and teams.
The tournament was played every season from 1955 to 1990. After a one-year break in 1992, the tournament picked up and was played again from 1992 to 1997. The All-American Intercollegiate resumed in 2006 and was played each season through the 2008-09 campaign
The Cougars lead the way in their tournament with 23 team titles and 20 individual championships during its history.
"The tournament went really well. Coaches and student-athletes were very complimentary. Staff, volunteers and rules officials were first class and made for a special experience."
The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate was the Cougars' final regular-season tournament of the season. Following this week, the Cougars will take a break before competing at the Conference USA Championships on April 22-24 at Texarkana Country Club, in Texarkana, Ark.
The winner of the league's annual postseason event will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.