The Louisiana golf team finished ahead of two nationally-ranked teams to claim third in the 26th Annual Louisiana Classics Tuesday morning at the Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette. Setting the pace for the Cajuns, Philipp Fendt tied a career-low score of 212, finishing tied for 4th overall, and teammate Cristoph Weninger finished 11th out of over 80 players representing 15 schools.

UL was tied for most of the day with Kent State, who came into the tournament ranked 37th nationally. The Ragin' Cajuns finished six over par, a stroke better than the Golden Flashes, to total a spring season-low 870 (+6) in the three-round tournament.

Louisiana also finished ahead of No. 38 Tulsa, which compiled a score of 884 (+20). Ahead of the Cajuns were tournament team champion No. 6 Illinois (854, -10) and runner-up No. 8 LSU (860, -4).

Kent State's John Hahn was the individual champion with a score of 206, totaling 10 under par in three rounds. Four of the five Cajuns individuals finished inside the top-30.

"I am extremely proud of the guys," noted third-year head coach Theo Sliman. "They walked the fairways and competed amongst some highly ranked teams and finished ahead of a lot of them."

Fendt, ranked 96th nationally according to GolfStat.com, tied a career-low 212 (-4) in the tournament. On Tuesday, the junior shot two-under par (70) to finish in a tie for fourth, earning All-Tournament honors.

The score of 212 tied Fendt's previous-best recorded at the Arkansas State Red Wolf Classic on April 12-13, 2010.

Fendt finished ahead of five nationally ranked players, including defending NCAA Individual Champion Scott Langley (No. 11) from Illinois.

"Philipp is a special guy," said Sliman. "He has done everything that has been asked of him. His hard work off the course is a testament to his hardwork on the course. You always like to see guys that work hard and reap the benefits. He is proof that hard work pays off."

Cristoph Weninger closed out the tourney three over par on Tuesday morning. The freshman carded a 75, totaling a career-low 217 (+1) score in the two-day competition. Weninger also notched another career-best with the 11th place finish out of 84 competitors.

Petts shot his second 73 (+1) in the tournament, finishing with a score of 220 (+4) and earning 21st overall.

"I was very proud of Thomas Petts who hasn't been in the lineup this spring," said Sliman. "He stepped up and played some really consistent golf."

Junior Andrew Noto went four over par on day three, finishing with a 76. Noto finished 222 (+6), tying for 30th the overall.

Ethan Savoy finished day two with a 75 (+3). The St. Thomas More product finished with a score of 228 (+12), tying for 62nd.

Individually, Kelsey Angelle finished with a 226 (+10) for the Ragin' Cajuns. Garrett Westbrook posted a 233 (+17), while Ashton Abel notched a 237 (+21).

Sliman noted that the Cajuns will take a few days of rest before preparing for the First Tee Collegiate Classic (Little Rock, Ark.) in three weeks.

"I think the team is very proud of themselves," said Sliman. "It's been a long stretch for us. We need to create our game plan on how we are going to finish the season. Our conference in golf is getting extremely competitive with Middle Tennessee and North Texas inside the top-40. We have a lot of work to do to prepare for the Sun Belt Conference championship."

Louisiana Classics All-Tournament Team
Chris DeForest - Illinois
Luke Guthrie - Illinois
John Hahn - Kent State (Individual Champion)
Philipp Fendt - Louisiana
Andrew Loupe - LSU

  Top 20 Schools          
1 Illinois 288 282 284 854 -10
2 LSU 283 287 290 860 -4
3 Louisiana 290 287 293 870 6
4 Kent State 295 278 298 871 7
5 SLU 291 292 296 879 15
6 SMU 297 297 288 882 18
T7 Memphis 297 298 289 884 20
T7 Tulsa 294 294 296 884 20
9 Texas State 294 284 308 886 22
10 USM 298 294 295 887 23
11 South Alabama 297 300 293 890 26
T12 Houston 300 291 302 893 29
T12 Kansas 296 294 303 893 29
14 UAB 292 295 319 906 42
15 UALR 306 300 303 909 45

  Top 20 Players            
1 John Hahn Kent State 70 66 70 206 -10
T2 Luke Guthrie Illinois 74 67 69 210 -6
T2 Andrew Loupe LSU 70 70 70 210 -6
T4 Philipp Fendt Louisiana 73 69 70 212 -4
T4 Chris DeForest Illinois 68 70 74 212 -4
6 John Peterson LSU 70 71 72 213 -3
T7 Arie Fauzi Tulsa 74 71 69 214 -2
T7 Kelly Kraft SMU 74 72 68 214 -2
T9 Carlson Cox Memphis 72 68 75 215 -1
T9 Scott Langley Illinois 74 72 69 215 -1
11 Chris Weninger Louisiana 69 73 75 217 1
T12 Jesse Droemer Houston 70 72 76 218 2
T12 Horacio Leon SLU 70 72 76 218 2
T12 Derek Plucienski USM 72 77 69 218 2
T12 Jason Shufflebottam UAB 70 73 75 218 2
T12 Chris Worrell Tulsa 71 74 73 218 2
T17 Nick Brown USM 73 71 75 219 3
T17 Tyler Hock UAB 72 72 75 219 3
T17 Clayton Rotz LSU 71 72 76 219 3


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