The Red River Athletic Conference championship (54 holes) was played April 24-25, and hosted by Our Lady of the Lake. The tournament was held at Olympia Hills Golf Course in Universal City, Texas. The course boasted narrow fairways, with rolling hills and played to a yardage of 6918 with a par of 72. The weather was favorable for all three rounds, with highs in the high 70's and low 80's.
On day one the team was led by Peter Thorseth (FR/Richmond, Texas) with rounds of 73-73. Thorseth's exceptional course management left him in 3rd place individually at the close of day one. Following Thorseth was Carlo Surace (SR/Brisbane, Australia) shooting 76-77, Jordan Kleinecke (FR/Texas City, Texas) rounds of 80-76, Tyler Talley (SO/Deer Park, Texas) returned 78-89, and Taylor North (JR/Midland, Texas) shot 81-87. This left the team in 2nd place going into the final round. Our Lady of the Lake played two strong opening rounds for the day, shooting a team score of (273), to lead the Celt's (620) by 47 shots. Houston-Victoria and U. of the Southwest were both at (629). Jarvis Christian was in 5th (719).
Day two scoring was much the same for the team as they posted a 3rd round score of (309). Thorseth played well the last day but couldn't overcome a double and triple bogey on the front nine and shot 76. This left Thorseth in 5th place individually, which earned him a spot on the RRAC All-Tournament team. Next with a 77 each for the final round was Surace and North, Talley posted 79 and Kleinecke finished with 82. This left the Celts in 3rd place after an amazing 3rd round performance by Houston-Victoria, shooting a final round team score of 285 to finish in 2nd place. Our Lady of the Lake played solid in the final round, posting a team score of 291 to win the championship by 50 shots. This earned the Saints a birth in the NAIA National Championships, May 16-19, in Silvis, Illinois.
The University of St. Thomas and the golf program would like to thank Carlo Surace for his time, effort and dedication to the UST golf program the last 4 years. Surace will graduate in Dec. 2017 with a degree in Finance.