Ahlund, Palson Lead @LATechGolf to Third Place Finish
Sept. 19, 2017
CHOUDRANT, La. -- Sophomore Joacim Ahlund shot a final round 68 and Louisiana Tech posted the low round of the day as the Bulldogs finished in third place in the 14-team Jim Rivers Intercollegiate at Squire Creek Golf Course.
Ahlund (71-72-68) shot a 54-hole total of five-under-par 211 to finish fourth while sophomore teammate Felix Palson (72-68-72) shot a three-round total of four-under-par 212 to finish in a tie for fifth place. Tech (294-288-283=862) moved up two spots with Tuesday's effort to finish behind tournament champion USF (843) and runner-up Stephen F. Austin (856).
"I was really pleased with their reaction," said head coach Matt Terry. "Through nine holes yesterday, we were not in good shape. I think we were towards the bottom of the field. They responded at the end of round one. They made a couple of birdies and an eagle. Round two we came out and had kind of the same thing; a little bland. They responded again down the stretch to get us into fifth place going into today. And then they go out today and have the round of the day. That's what you are looking for. If you can win each round you are going to win the golf tournament. Today they got the third round and that was nice to see."
Red-shirt senior Hayden Frederick shot a final round one-under-par 71, including three birdies and two bogeys, while red-shirt junior Ryan Alford helped the Bulldogs cause with an even-par 72, including three birdies and three bogeys. Alford finished tied for 35th while Frederick tied for 38th.
After playing solid on Monday, Karsten Green struggled over the final 18 holes for Tech, shooting a 78 and finishing in a tie for 43rd.
Ahlund's round of 68 consisted of four birdies, one eagle and two bogeys as the fourth place finish was the best of his young LA Tech career. Palson overcame a triple bogey on the par 5, No. 11 to finish with three birdies over the final 11 holes. It was also the best individual of his college career.
"I think any time you play your first event of the year, especially if you are hosting it, you put some extra pressure on yourselves," said Terry. "Those guys figured it out themselves. I don't think I was a factor in anything that happened this week. Those guys are talented. They just need to believe in it and go play. They are going to have some ups and downs, some bumps in the road, but it is a long journey for them. It's going to be a lot of fun."
USF ran away with the team title as the Bulls set a tournament team record with the 21-under-par total. Bulls golfer Cristian DiMarco, son of PGA golfer Chris DiMarco, won the individual title with a three-round total of eight-under-par 208. He finished one shot better than Stephen F. Austin's Angelo Leyvani.
The final team standings included USF, SFA, LA Tech, UTSA (867), Central Arkansas (869), Abilene Christian (869), Missouri State (874), Southern Miss (886), Houston Baptist (886), Lamar (867), Nicholls State (892), Southeastern Louisiana (896), Incarnate Word (901) and New Orleans (916).
LA Tech will compete in the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate at the UNM Championship South Course hosted by New Mexico on Friday and Saturday.
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