UL squad has tourney’s low score on final day
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — UL’s golf team posted the lowest round in the entire Sun Belt Conference Tournament over its final 18 holes, and used that to claim a fourth-place team finish while also putting two players in the top 10 and three in the top 15.
The Ragin’ Cajuns carded a final-round eight-under-par 280 over the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals’ “Fighting Joe” course and finished with a three-round total of 16-over 880 to move up from sixth place entering the final round.
South Alabama claimed the team title with a final-round 282 and a three-round eight-over 872 total, with first and second-round leader Middle Tennessee finishing at 878 — two ahead of the Cajuns — and New Orleans finishing at 879 for a one-stroke advanage over UL.
All four of UL’s counting scores in the final round were under par — three-under 69’s from Philipp Fendt and Andrew Noto and one-under 71’s from Kyle Pritchard and Mark Brockhurst — and Thomas Disch added an even-par 72 for the squad’s best team round of the spring season.
Those figures vaulted Fendt and Pritchard into a tie for sixth individually at one-over 217, while Noto finished 15th at five-over 221 after his final-round 69. All three earned All-Sun Belt Conference recognition, with UL and Middle Tennessee the only teams to boast three all-league selections (more on all-Sun Belt picks below).
The strong final round mirrored last year’s Sun Belt meet, when the Cajuns had the tournament’s low score in the final round with a five-under 283 on the way to a fourth-place finish.
Pritchard, a senior, had back-to-back 71 scores in the final two rounds.
“It’s a great honor for Kyle in his senior year,” said UL coach Theo Sliman of his tournament. “To play his last tournament the way he did was just awesome. He took the initiative and stepped up in the last two rounds.”
Fendt, UL’s leader in stroke average during the season, rallied from a three-over 75 in the middle round on the way to his 69, which matched fellow sophomore Noto and was one stroke off the day’s best round.
“It’s impressive to earn all-conference as sophomores,” Sliman said. “This is a huge positive for their futures. It shows a lot about their performance this season and what is to come.”
Pritchard, Fendt, Noto earn all-Sun Belt honors
It is the second straight honor for Pritchard. The senior closes out his collegiate career, having played in 37 tournaments with 14 top-25 finishes. His best finish came at the Red Wolf Classic last season where he earned co-medalist honors.
It is the first all-conference award for Fendt and Noto. Last year, Fendt was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year. Both golfers were the top-finisher for UL in every tournament this season. Fendt led the Cajuns in nine tournaments and Fendt finished as the top Cajun golfer in three events.
2010 SUN BELT CONFERENCE MEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Kent Bulle, Middle Tennessee
Marc-Etienne Bussieres, South Alabama
Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas
Lloyd du Preez, Arkansas State
Philipp Fendt, Louisiana
Linus Gillgren, UALR
Hunter Green, Middle Tennessee
Jack Hiluta, South Alabama
Espen Kofstad, Denver
Ken Looper, New Orleans
Jason Millard, Middle Tennessee
Andrew Noto, Louisiana
Carlos Ortiz, North Texas
Kyle Pritchard, Louisiana
Alex Yost, WKU
Oscar Zetterwall, New Orleans
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas
COACH OF THE YEAR
Chris McCarter, New Orleans