Caleb Harms bounced back from a first-round 91 to shoot a pair of 76s.
Oct. 1, 2013
By Tom Weber
The Southern Illinois men's golf team moved up two spots to finish fourth out of nine teams at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate, hosted by Kansas State. The Salukis overtook Creighton and South Dakota during today's final round by shooting a 16-over par 308.
"Creighton's not going to leave the conference beating us in golf," said SIU head coach Leroy Newton, about a Bluejays team that recently left the Missouri Valley Conference for the Big East. "That would have stuck in our craw."
SIU carded scores of 317 and 304 in the two rounds of play on Monday, and finished the tournament with a team score of 65-over. Sam Houston State (36-over) slipped past the host Wildcats (38-over) to claim the tournament title. No team shot less than 300 on the final day at the 7,525-yard, par-72 Colbert Hills Golf Course.
"The golf course was set up extra tough today," Newton said. "We feel pretty good about the way we played and feel like we're as good as anybody there."
Southern's top scorer was Steven Souchek, who shot rounds of 77, 75, and 75 to claim seventh place out of 53 golfers. He overcame a lost ball and a quintuple bogey on the 18th hole that likely kept him from finishing among the top three.
"On any given hole, if you don't put your best swing on the ball, the course can come up and bite you," Souchek said. "There was trouble on every hole and not a lot of places where you could safely miss."
Finishing tied for 23rd place was SIU's season stroke leader Drew Novara, who posted a 20-over par (77-75-75). In his first tournament of the season, Ryan Haxel took 29th place with a 23-over (83-79-77).
Although he finished last among Southern's five golfers, Caleb Harms had two of the team's best rounds, carding scores of 91, 76 and 76.
"After a tremendously poor start, Caleb didn't duck his head and quit, and kept on trying, and he was very instrumental on where we finished," Newton said. "Everyone is going to be hitting drivers this week in practice. We saw how important it was to keep it in the fairway."
SIU Individual Scores
7 Steven Souchek: 77-75-75 (227) +11
T23 Drew Novara: 79-77-80 (236) +20
T29 Ryan Haxel: 83-79-77 (239) +23
T33 Wade Thompson: 78-76-88 (242) +26
35 Caleb Harms: 91-76-76 (243) +27
1 Sam Houston State: 303-297-300 (900) +36
2 Kansas State: 312-286-304 (902) +38
3 Grand Canyon University: 314-306-305 (925) +61
4 Southern Illinois: 317-304-308 (929) +65
5 Creighton: 313-301-321 (935) +71
6 South Dakota: 312-306-318 (936) +86
7 Nebraska Omaha: 325-307-318 (950) +86
8 Drake: 324-315-335 (974) +110
9 Central Oklahoma: 320-324-333 (977) +113