The Louisiana golf team surged on the last two days to beat out a couple of SEC schools in the Sam Hall Intercollegiate Tournament. The effort brought UL its first top-3 finish of the 2011-12 season Tuesday.  The tournament was hosted by USM and held at the Hattiesburg Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The Cajuns finished eight shots back of tournament champion UAB after the Blazers stormed their way to the top of the leaderboard with a final round of 273 (-11).

“The guys fought hard and really wanted to win this tournament, but we just couldn’t get over the hump and make a move,” head golf coach Theo Sliman said. “The promising thing is that we finished third in a tough field even though we didn’t have a consistent performance from all five of our golfers.”

UL tallied a final round score of 282 to finish third out of 15 teams with a three-round total of 844.

Both Andrew Noto and Chris Weninger finished in the top-10 for the Cajuns. Noto continued his solid play shooting 68 (-3) to close out the tournament in a tie for third overall at eight-under par (205). The senior came up just one stroke short of finishing in a tie for first with Jason Shufflebottam of UAB and Blake Kelley of South Alabama for the individual medalist honors.

Weninger also shot under par for the tournament finishing in a tie for 10th at three-under par (201) after posting 69 in his final round.

“I was proud of our efforts today, and I think this was a great opportunity for us to grow as a team early in the season,” Sliman said. “Hopefully this top-3 finish is a sign of good things to come for our team.”

Philipp Fendt, who started the day in the top-10, saw his name fall down the leaderboard after carding a third round score of 74 (+2) to finish in a tie for 23rd (214). Brandt Garon also scored for the Cajuns (215).

UAB (836), South Alabama (841), Louisiana (844), Memphis (845) and Mississippi (846) rounded out the top-five.

The Ragin’ Cajuns have a few days to rest before heading to the Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence, Kansas this weekend for the Kansas Invitational.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Team Score 1 Score 2 Score 3 Total Par
T4 4 1 UAB 285 278 273 836 -16
2 2 2 South Al 278 282 281 841 -11
6 3 3 Louisiana 286 276 282 844 -8
T7 5 4 Memphis 287 277 281 845 -7
1 1 5 Ole Miss 276 282 288 846 -6
T7 T6 6 Mississippi St 287 284 279 850 -2
T7 T6 7 USM 287 284 289 860 +8
11 10 8 La Tech 292 282 287 861 +9
8 T8 9 Sam Houston 282 291 289 862 +10
T4 T8 10 UALR 285 288 292 864 +13
10 11 11 SLU 291 287 288 866 +14
12 12 12 Arkansas St 295 287 285 867 +15
T14 14 13 ULM 299 295 288 882 +30
13 13 14 Rice 297 292 299 888 +36
T14 15 15 McNeese 299 298 301 899 +47


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