Feb. 14, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. - Sophomore Casey Clendenon took home individual medalist honors, helping Lamar University with the team title following Tuesday's final round of the UCF/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate hosted by Central Florida at Rio Pinar Country Club.
The 18-team field battled unseasonably cold playing conditions. Frost delayed the start of Monday's round by one hour and Tuesday's rounds by 90 minutes. The teams completed their second rounds and played the final 18 holes on Tuesday, which warmed up to the mid-60s by early afternoon.
Clendenon, who opened with a 1-under par 71 on Monday, posted another round of 1-under 71 in the second round and fired a 3-under 69 third round for a 54-hole score of 5-under 211. The Katy native was the only golfer to finish under par for the tournament.
This is Clendenon's first collegiate tournament title. His best previous finish was a tie for 14th place at the 2004 UNC-Greensboro/Mid-Pines Intercollegiate. Tuesday's round of 69 equaled his best career round as a collegian.
Lamar, who was in second place after an opening round 298, shot a 293 in the second round and closed with an even-par 288 in the third round for a 54-hole total of 877. Southern Miss was second at 884, followed by Texas-Arlington (893), Louisville (894) and host UCF (898) to round out the top five.
Sophomore Dawie Van Der Walt tied for fifth place at 4-over par 220. After opening with a 76, Van Der Walt closed with rounds of 74 and 2-under 70. Freshman Andrew Landry tied for 13th place following rounds of 72-73-77--222.
Freshman Justin Harding tied for 32nd place with rounds of 77-75-74--226 and junior Dusty Smith tied for 47th place with rounds of 78-75-75--228.
Lamar, who has won two straight tournaments after closing the fall season by winning the team title at the Del Walker Intercollegiate, continues its spring schedule Feb. 27-28 at the Texas-San Antonio Invitational.