April 27, 2005
KINGWOOD - Freshman Dawie Van Der Walt finished in sixth place, helping Lamar to a third place showing following Wednesday's final round at the 42nd Southland Conference Men's Golf Championship at Kingwood Country Club - Forest Course.
Van Der Walt, a native of South Africa, shot a final round even-par 72 on the 7,058-yard course. He finished in sixth place with a 54-hole score of 3-over par 71-76-72--219.
Jordan Krantz of Texas-Arlington led from start to finish to claim medalist honors. He fired a final round 3-under par 69 for a three-round total of 8-under 208. Teammate Tyrone Mordt and Tim Kunick of Louisiana-Monroe tied for second place at 3-under 213.
UTA, who entered the final round with a nine-stroke lead over UL-Monroe, shot a final round 4-under 282 for a 54-hole total of 3-under 861. UL-Monroe closed with a 2-under 286 to finish second at 874. Lamar shot a final round 300 and placed third at 288-301-300--889.
"I'm a little disappointed we didn't play any better with the team we have," said Lamar coach Brad McMakin. "We just got outplayed this week. I'm not sure if we could have beaten UTA the way they played this week. I think Tuesday's poor finish just whipped us mentally and we never recovered.
"We had a good year and because of that we are still going to be playing at a NCAA Regional. We just have to regroup and work on the things we did poorly this week."
Sophomore Dusty Smith also turned in a top 10 performance for the Cardinals. The Woodlands native shot a final round even-par 72 and tied for 10th place at 6-over 222. Senior Andre Metzger, a Norman, Okla. native, closed with a final round 77, but was even-par before taking a nine on the 18th hole, to finish in 15th place at 224.
Senior Shawn Stefani, a native of Baytown, shot a final round 79 and tied for 16th place at 226. A Kingwood native, sophomore Ryan Kornmann tied for 40th at 235 following a final round of 83.
UTA, who received the SLC's automatic bid to a NCAA Regional, won its third SLC title and first since tying with Stephen F. Austin in 1999. Krantz became the first UTA golfer to win medalist honors since Adam Babb in 2000. Lamar has won the most SLC titles with 19.
Lamar will still participate in its fifth straight NCAA Regional, schedule for May 19-21. The Cardinals will receive an at-large berth by virtue of being ranked as one of the top eight teams in their region.