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Men’s golf starts off spring season in California

Submitted by Warren Strickland IV on February 28, 2013 – 11:54 amNo Comment


Nicklaus Benton


The UALR Trojans men’s golf team hopes to use momentum with them into the spring season as it kicked off over the weekend in California at the fifth-annual University of Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. This three-day and three-round event, hosted by the Classic Club in Palm Springs, included eight of Golf Week’s top-100 teams.

The Classic Club in Palm Springs also played host to the PGA’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Senior Nicklaus Benton led the way for the Trojans, finishing tied for 34th with a 2-over par at the 2013 Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate and helping UALR finish the match in 10th place out of 17 schools. The Trojans finished 44-over-par with a score of 908. Texas Christian University was the top finisher of the competition, posting a 19-under-par with a score of 845.

Sophomore Alfred Kerstis finished tied for 36th, posting an eight-over par with a score of a 224.  Sophomore Benjamin Etchebarne finished tied for 69th, scoring 17-over par. Junior Luis Cedeno finished tied for 84th place with 23-over par. Sophomore Colby Benton closed out the scoring for the Trojans posting 26-over par.

TCU claimed the top two finishers of the competition.

Julien Brun finished first in the competition, earning a 10-under par over the span of the three-day event. Fellow Horned Frog, Eli Cole, finished second with a 5-under par.

The Trojans are already looking ahead to the Argent Financial Classic, which takes place March 11-12 at the Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, La. After that, the Trojans will play in their home-course event, UALR/First Tee Collegiate Classic, March 25-26, at the Chenal Country Club.


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