2019 Men’s Southland Conference Golf Championship Begins Monday

first_imgMcKINNEY, Texas – The 2019 Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championship is slated to begin Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. CT on the Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas. The Dye Course is a par-72 that stands at 7,219 total yards. The tournament is slated for 54 holes over three rounds with play concluding Wednesday afternoon.Monday’s tournament is the 55th installment of the Southland Conference Championship and is comprised of 11 member institutions. Sam Houston State enters as the tournament’s No. 1 seed and will look to defend its 2018 tournament title.The Bearkats have racked up three tournament wins throughout the 2018-19 season, including back-to-back victories over their last two tournament appearances in the month of April. Sam Houston State claimed first-place honors at the Huntsville Toyota Bearkat Invitational (April 1-2) and the Bayou City Collegiate Classic (April 15-16). SHSU has been led throughout the year by junior William Holcomb who has averaged a 71 for the season, including a season-low 66 opening round at the Huntsville Toyota Bearkat Invitational. Sam Houston State is ranked 91st in the nation and stands 50th nationally in par 3 scoring (3.16). No. 2-seeded Lamar will look to challenge the Bearkats as the Cardinals enter the championship shooting 292.4 per round throughout the season. LU is led by Cody Banach who has averaged 72.56 over 25 rounds for his junior campaign. Lamar put together its lowest score of the season at the Lake Charles Toyota Invitational (March 18-19) shooting -13 for a final score of 275 and a fourth-place team finish. Hugo Hellman is responsible for the Cardinals’ lowest round of the season with a 67 in the final round of the Lake Charles Toyota Invitational.McNeese will play as the tournament’s No. 3 seed and will join Sam Houston State and Lamar in the final tee time Monday morning, beginning at 9:45 a.m. The Cowboys are led by Blake Elliott who leads the Southland Conference player rankings and stands 21st nationally among individuals. Elliott is averaging 70.08 per round for the season and pushed his McNeese squad to a tournament victory at the Louisiana Classics (Feb. 25-26). The Cowboys have captured the Southland Conference Championship title in two of the last three years.The tournament’s No. 4 seed belongs to Stephen F. Austin, who is led by Angelo Leyvani and Jake Hendrix. The Lumberjacks have finished two tournaments this season shooting under par, the first of which came in their season opener at the Golfweek Program Challenge (Sept. 9-11, 2018) in Pawley’s Island, S.C., where they shot -14. SFA’s most recent performance under par came at the Lake Charles Toyota Invite where they concluded play nine strokes under. Leyvani ranks third in the Southland with a 58-2 head-to-head record against conference opponents.Abilene Christian occupies the tournament’s No. 5 seed after averaging 295.37 per round for the season. The Wildcats are led by sophomore Alex Clouse who has appeared in 24 rounds throughout the 2018-19 season for a 72.96 individual average. Clouse is also responsible for ACU’s lowest round this season, registering a 66 in the second round of The Big Texan (March 25-26) in Kerrville, Texas. The Wildcats have recorded 80 birdies and four eagles throughout the 2018-19 campaign, with a season-best fifth-place team finish at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate in Ruston, La. (Oct. 15-16, 2018).Rounding out the tournament’s top-six teams are the Huskies of Houston Baptist who will join Stephen F. Austin and Abilene Christian in the tee box for a 9 a.m. start time. Daniel Dimaculangan leads the Huskies and ranks 26th in the Southland with a 35-25 head-to-head record.Beginning at 8:15 a.m., No. 7 Incarnate Word, No. 8 Nicholls and No. 9 Central Arkansas will tee off together. Leading off the morning will be No. 10 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 11 New Orleans who are paired together for a 7:30 a.m. start time.For daily results, live scores and the latest tee times at the 2019 Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championship, visit Championship Central.last_img

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