After leading for the first two rounds, the University of Central Arkansas’ Pep Angles faltered to a 3-over 75 in the final round Wednesday and fell into second place individually in the 2014 Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club.
Sam Houston State junior Zach Cabra carded an even-par 72 Wednesday and won the individual title by one stroke over Angles with a 69-69-72-210. He became the seventh Bearkat to win the individual championship.
Sam Houston State held off a late charge by Southeastern Lousiana to win the team title. The Bearkats had four golfers place in the top 20 to claim their first league title since 1994. Sam Houston shot an 8-over par 296 to win by six strokes over Southeastern to give the Sam Houston its third overall conference championship. The win gives the Bearkats the league’s automatic berth into one of six NCAA regionals, May 15-17.
Also placing in the top 20 for Sam Houston were senior Albert Miner, who tied for third at 2-over par (71-73-74–218), junior Logan Boatner, who tied for 10th at 6-over par (73-76-73–222) and freshman Klien Klotz, who tied for 18th at 12-over par (77-74-77–228).
Southeastern Louisiana trailed by 13 strokes entering the day, and shot a tournament-best 1-over par 289 as a team to finish one place short of defending its tournament title.
Stephen F. Austin (898) and Central Arkansas (898) tied for third followed by Lamar (910), McNeese State (911) and Houston Baptist (912). Abilene Christian and UIW, which are not eligible to earn the league’s automatic bid during their transition periods from Division II to Division I, were participating as unattached and finished with a 928 and 932, respectively. Nicholls followed with a 942 with Oral Roberts (943) and New Orleans (954) completing the team scores.
For the first time in eight years in the Southland Conference, the University of Central Arkansas tennis team gained an individual honor on the All Southland Conference team.
Junior Kelsey Williams was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year.
Williams, a native of Victoria, Australia, transferred to Central Arkansas after spending three semesters at East Tennessee State. She took over the No. 2 singles spot for the Bears, going 4-8 in SLC play, an improvement over last season, when the Bears managed just two wins at the spot.
On the season, Williams picked up nine wins in singles play, including seven at the No. 2 spot, and was 4-1 during the Bears’ five-match conference winning streak.
The Bears defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday in the final match of the regular season.
The Bears earned the seventh seed in the SLC Tournament, which takes place in Corpus Christi, Texas, this weekend.
Central Arkansas will take on second-seeded Texas-A&M-Corpus Christi at 2 p.m., Friday afternoon, with the winner advancing to face the winner of McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana at 2 p.m. Saturday.