Final Results: ULM T4th
Location: Gaston Country Club / Gastonia, N.C.
Gastonia, N.C. - On the strength of five eagles by the team in the final round, the ULM men’s golf team moved all the way into a tie for fourth place in the Gary Koch Invitational. The Warhawks were just one of five teams to finish under par in the event that featured four of the top 50 schools in the country.
-ULM's final round was highlighted by a pair of 68’s from Thibault Santigny and Hogan Arey. Santigny jumped out quickly with three early birdies to make the turn at two-under and finished the tournament with his fourth eagle of the tournament on his final hole to shoot two-under overall. Santigny finished in a tie for ninth overall, which is his best finish of the spring season.
-Arey bounced back after a rough finish on Monday afternoon with a 68 of his own, highlighted by a pair of early eagles. He played the par fives this week at six-under, which was highlighted by the two eagles on Tuesday both coming on par fives.
-Andoni Etchenique finished the tournament with a final round 71. He picked up three birdies on the first nine holes to get his round going and had one more on the back nine in route to his one-under par. Etchenique finished the event with a tournament best nine-under par showing on the par fives, as he had one eagle and seven birdies on the par fives this week in North Carolina. Etchenique finished in a tie for sixth overall to lead the Warhawks for the event at three-under par.
-Brady Price had an even par 72 on Tuesday, getting off to a fast start and joining the eagle party with an eagle on his opening hole. After making the turn at plus-one he had two birdies and a bogey coming in to lead to his one-under on the back and even par for the event on Tuesday.
-Joao Girao rounded out the Warhawks scoring on Tuesday with an 80 in his final round. He highlighted that with three birdies and an eagle however, he struggled coming in after a two-under front nine he closed with a 46.
-The Warhawks for the tournament finished with 10 overall eagles, which was a tournament best as no other team had more than five eagles over the event. Santigny finished with four eagles this week in North Carolina while Arey added a pair of eagles.
Head Coach Tim Baldwin
Thought on the Round: I'm very proud of the guys. We shot the low round of the day and the third best of the tournament. We were 28-under par this week on par fives with a tournament best 10 eagles. Thibault and Andoni both finished in the top 10 in a very good field. This was a nice breakthrough for the guys heading into the Sun Belt Conference Championships. We will have to play extremely well and minimize mistakes to win the Sun B.
-The Warhawks will next be on the course on Sunday, April 23 when the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Championship gets underway in San Destin, Florida.