VICTORIA, Texas – The Southwestern College men's golf team traveled south in search of warmer weather for its opening tournament of the 2015 season. The Moundbuilders finished 13th in the Claude Jacobs Invitational, which was hosted by the University of Houston-Victoria, and took place at the Victoria Country Club.
Shane Gilbert fired a 229 in the 54-hole tournament. The senior fired a 75 (+3) in the first round of Sunday's 36-hole marathon. Gilbert added a 74 (+2) in Sunday's second round, before firing an 80 (+8) as weather conditions deteriorated for Monday's third and final round. Gilbert finished tied for 22nd in the event.
Seth Bryan finished just one stroke behind Gilbert. The junior posted rounds of 74 (+2) and 73 (+1) in Sunday's opening rounds, but finished on an 83 (+11) for a 54-hole score of 230 to finish tied for 25th.
Justin Churchill and Brian Peck were separated by just two strokes. Churchill carded rounds of 81 (+9) and 78 (+6) on Sunday, but finished with an 86 (+14) on Monday for a tournament score of 245, while Brian Peck rode rounds of 80 (+8), 81 (+9), and 86 (+14) to a 247 final score. Steven Ven rounded out the Moundbuilder scorecard with a 250 (80-89-81).
As a team, Southwestern posted a team score of 945 and finished 13th in the tournament. The Moundbuilders trailed Texas-Brownsville and Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), who tied for 11th, by two strokes.
Southwestern will return to action on March 8 at The Contender, which will take place at the TPC Four Seasons in Las Colinas, Texas.
1. Oklahoma City: 292-295-302=889
2. Cal. State-San Marcos: 286-294-310=890
3. Wayland Baptist: 285-295-313=893
4. Texas Wesleyan: 287-297-316=900
5. Mobile: 297-290-314=901
6. Cardinal Stritch: 302-288-317=907
7. Houston-Victoria: 297-294-317=908
8. Our Lady of the Lake: 304-296-327=927
T9. St. Thomas: 306-313-312=931
T9. The Master's: 304-300-327=931
T11. Embry-Riddle (Ariz.): 308-311-324=943
T11. Texas-Brownsville: 307-305-331=943
13. Southwestern: 309-306-330=945