GADSDEN, Ala. – Just one tournament in and the Tarleton Men’s Golf team already has a top-10 individual finisher.
Freshman Cristobal Sepulveda went +1 over his final two rounds to shoot +6 overall at the Graeme McDowell Intercollegiate in Gadsden, Alabama, on Monday-Tuesday. His strong finish at the RTJ at Silver Lakes put him tied-ninth on the individual leaderboard, four strokes back of the medalist, Lipscomb’s Ford Goldasich, who won in a playoff.
Jack Anderson shot +12 (74-76-78) to take tied-23rd. Masen Ward ended with his best round to finish tied-35th at +17 (81-77-75). Max Bengtsson turned in a score of +23, shooting 80-82-77, tied-54th. Takafumi Shimoji went +28 at 82-77-85 to take 68th.
“It was great to finally start the fall season and get out there competing with the team,” head coach Chance Cain said. “Overall it was a good learning experience for the guys and is something we will definitely build off of as the season goes on. We just need to continue to learn, clean up some of the simple mistakes we are making, and build off of each event.”
As a team playing in their first tournament of the 2022-23 campaign, the Texans took seventh out of 12 competing programs at +53 (917). Lipscomb won the tournament at +19 (883).
Sepulveda had the best round overall of all five Texans in Round 3 with an even-par card, finishing his day by going -2 on the front nine that included five birdies. Both he and Anderson were even on Par 3’s throughout the event, tied-third best overall. Sepulveda was also one of the top golfers on Par 5’s, going -3 with an average score of 4.75, the tied-third best marks in the tournament.
“It was awesome to see Cristobal earn a top-10 in his first college event,” Cain said. “His talents showed this week, and he’s an even better competitor. I’m so excited to see what his future holds for our program. Jack also had a solid performance, and I know he’s been eager to get back into college play, so it was great to see him earn a top-25 this week.”
Anderson had the best opening round of the Texan five with a +2, 74. He began his run with four straight pars, ending his first side with two birdies, shooting 36-38 for the 74. Ward closed his first Tarleton tournament with a fairly clean 75, tallying 13 pars on the day, along with two birdies.
Tarleton will head west for its next event, scheduled for Oct. 10-11 in Corvallis, Oregon, at Trysting Tree Golf Club for the Oregon State Invitational.