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Texas State men’s golf finishes 10th in final tournament of regular season

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Texas State sophomore golfer Sakke Siltala watches the ball after hitting it during the All-American Intercollegiate Tournament, Tuesday, Mach 19, 2024, at the Golf Club of Houstin in Humble, Texas.

In its last regular-season tournament, the Texas State men’s golf team traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to compete in the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial from April 8-9 at the Birdwood Golf Course.

Texas State finished in 10th place out of 14 other collegiate golf programs, shooting 14-over 866 (288-285-293). The Bobcats only finished two shots back of ninth-place Clemson and had 53 total birdies— the fourth most birdies out of every team.

The Tennessee Volunteers won the tournament, finishing 27-under 825 (276-269-280). Their 269 in the second round was eight strokes under the best score from any team in the tournament.

“We had a solid week up until the last two holes today,” Texas State Head Coach Shane Howell said. “[We’ve got] a lot of good momentum for the guys, and we will be ready for the Sun Belt Conference Championship in two weeks.”

Sophomore Sakke Siltala shot 2-under 211 (68-70-73) and 2-under 73 in the last round to achieve his third top-ten finish of the season. He tied with four other players for 10th place. Siltala was tied for the most birdies with 17 in the tournament, and his 2-under 211 gave him his third-best score of the season.

Senior Kasper Nyland finished tied for 32nd place, shooting 4-over 217 (72-71-74). He was the Bobcats’ second-best finisher.

Senior Marcelo Garza shot 7-over 220 (78-70-72), finishing in a four-way tie for 47th place, making him the last Bobcat to finish in the top 50.

Nyland’s even par 71 and Garza’s 1-under 70 in the second round helped Texas State overcome a hole from the previous round.

This was the Bobcats’ final regular-season tournament. They will compete in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Madison, Mississippi, at the Annandale Gold Club from April 22 to 25.

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