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By CODY LAKE
The University’s men’s golf team placed fifth overall at the Rice University intercollegiate golf tournament Feb. 4-5. Sophomore Preston Stanley led the team, placing 12th individually at Westwood Country Club.
Stanley ended round one with a 71. On the front nine he birdied holes 1 and 6 and shot par on the other seven holes. He struggled on the back nine, bogeying holes 10, 15 and 17, but compensating for them with birdies on holes 13 and 18.
Round two showed no improvement, as Stanley bogeyed holes 7 and 9 on the front nine with no birdies. He evened out on the back nine, bogeying on 12 and 16, then shot birdies on 14 and 18, ending round two at two over par.
Round three began the next day and Stanley ended strong by improving upon his over par performance the previous day. He bogeyed on holes 2, 3, 16 and 17 and birdied on 1, 7, 13 and 18, shooting an even score for the final round, finishing the tournament with a 1 over par, tying for 12th at the end of day two.
“I was hoping for a better score overall,” Stanley said. “We just have to get back out there next week and show them what we can do.”
Senior Hudson Hansard and sophomore Brandon Wilhide had identical turnouts, both shooting a 221 for the tournament. Hansard shot his tournament best on round one with a 72.
Hansard double-bogeyed hole 3 but answered back with birdies on hole 4 and hole 6 on the front nine of round one.
On the back nine, Hansard birdied both holes 13 and 17 but bogeyed hole 14.
Hansard shot 75 and 74 on rounds two and three while Wilhide shot a 76, 72 and 73 on the respective rounds. Though he did not shoot as well as he did in the fall, Hansard believes there is hope for future tournaments.
“There’s definitely plenty of room for improvement,” Hansard said. “For me, I had a few bad holes, but we just need to tweak our performance.”
The men’s next tournament will be hosted by University of Texas San Antonio Feb. 11. Coach David Shuster said that the team needed this tournament as a kind of warm-up for this spring season.
“We finished our fall season great,” Shuster said. “It’s early in the spring season, so we just have to get back up to speed.”