Paalson Leads @LATechGolf in Albuquerque
Sept. 23, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Louisiana Tech head coach Matt Terry knew his young Bulldog team would be facing a star-studded field at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate Friday and Saturday.
He also knew that the 7,555-yard UNM Championship South Course would provide its own challenges to his team and the entire 17-team field, which included six Top 50 ranked teams and 12 top 100 ranked teams. He was right in both cases.
With winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour during the two days making the course even more challenging, Louisiana Tech struggled to a 16th place finish in the 17-team field event. BYU won the tournament despite shooting a team total of eight-over-par for the weekend.
"The effort was there this week," said Tech head coach Matt Terry. "We just started off bad each round. We just can't do that on a course this tough. It's very hard to play from behind at this course. We will go back to Ruston and get to work and prepare ourselves for the next event."
Sophomore Felix Paalson led the Bulldogs, tying for 22nd in the event with a three-round total of six-over-par 222 (73-73-76). However, Paalson's teammates were nearly as steady in the event as no other Bulldog finished in the top 60.
BYU (873) won the tournament followed by Washington (877), Arizona (878), UNLV (879), Colorado State (881), New Mexico (884), San Diego State (884), Colorado (884), CSU-Fullerton (888), Denver (899), UT-Arlington (901), Nevada (903), Washington State (906), UTEP (913), San Diego (914), LA Tech (921) and New Mexico State (924).
Arizona's George Cunningham won the individual title with an eight-under-par 208.
The Bulldogs will return to action Oct. 7-8 at the David Toms Intercollegiate hosted by LSU at the University Club in Baton Rouge.
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