Jake Erickson posted seventh best score in school history.
Oct. 11, 2011
By John Lock
BUCHANAN, Tenn. - The Southern Illinois men's golf team won the Skyhawk Fall Classic on Tuesday by 14 strokes, and Jake Erickson led the way by taking the individual title. The win marked the first time the men's team had won a tournament since March 2009. Erickson's win was the first for an individual since Jordan Cox won the JSU National Invitational four years ago, in September 2007.
The last time SIU swept team and individual wins was 2003 at the Blue Demon Invitational, when Brian Norman won the tournament to lead the Salukis to victory.
"I'm obviously really happy with the way we played these last two days," head coach Leroy Newton said. "Everyone played well and everyone contributed. We expected to win going in to the tournament, and we played smart golf an didn't make mistakes, which was good enough to win this one."
The Salukis fired a four-under-par 860, which is their lowest score in three years and the second time in four tournaments the team has posted a sub-par score. The tournament marked the seventh lowest three-round score in school history.
Erickson became just the eighth men's golfer ever to win a tournament with at least five teams and 20 golfers. He posted a 70-70-69 (209, -7), which is the fifth lowest three-round score in school history. Erickson has shot his last five rounds at or below par.
"I just tried to stay out of trouble out there," Erickson said. "It wasn't a long course, so I just stayed in the fairway and went for pars, and the birdies just came when I could get them."
Erickson avoided any double-bogeys in his final round and made five birdies. He posted his best round of the tournament (69) and won by two strokes.
"Everyone was just so happy for Jake," Newton said. "He played three solid rounds of golf. He didn't do anything spectacular, but he played three good rounds of golf. It's great to see him get the win."
Brandon Cauldwell finished tied for ninth with a 218. He has finished in the top 10 in three of the Fall's four tournaments. Joe Goelzhauser (220) finished third on the team and tied for 15th overall. Goelzhauser jumped out to the tournament lead after a first-round 68, which is three strokes better than his previous career best.
Jeffrey Miller finished one stroke behind Goelzhauser to tie for 18th overall. After a first-round 78, Miller golfed a one-under 143 in the final two rounds. Richie Williams rounded out the Saluki scoring with a 228, which tied him for 39th overall out of 80 golfers. Williams' tournament was highlighted by a career-best 71 in the second round. Jared Harp competed as an individual and improved his score each round, ending on an even-par third-round 72.
The Salukis only have one more tournament in the Fall season. After a week off, SIU will head to Edwardsville, Ill., for the SIUE Invitational on Oct. 24-25.
1. Southern Illinois, 286-286-288 (860)
2. Jackson State, 291-294-289 (874)
3. Tennessee-Martin 297-295-284 (876)
4. Tennessee Tech 295-295-289 (879)
5. Murray State, 296-290-296 (882)
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Par 72)
1. Jake Erickson, 70-70-69 (209*)
t9. Brandon Cauldwell, 70-74-74 (218)
t15. Joe Goelzhauser, 68*-79-73 (220*)
t18. Jeffrey Miller, 78-71-72 (221)
t39. Richie Williams, 79-71*-78 (228)
t58. Jared Harp, 84-79-72* (235) (competed as individual)
* career best
SALUKI INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT WINS
Larry Emery; Riverman Invitational; March 1979
Sean Lecrone; Illinois State Invitational; Sept. 1990
Brian Kolmer; Illinois Intercollegiate; April 2002
Brian Norman; Blue Demon Invitational; Sept. 2003
Brian Norman; Billiken Invitational; April 2004
Kyle Hosick; Murray State Invitational; Oct. 2004
Andrew Rauscher; Buffalo Rock/Southern Showdown; Oct. 2006
Jordan Cox; JSU National Invitational; Sept. 2007
Jake Erickson; Skyhawk Fall Classic, Oct. 2011
SALUKI TEAM TOURNAMENT WINS (Since 2005-06)
Wasioto Winds Fall Kick-Off; Sept. 2008; 1st of 8
John Dallio Invitational; Sept. 2008; 1st of 15
Geico Intercollegiate; March 2009; 1st of 14
Skyhawk Fall Classic; Oct. 2011; 1st of 14