Phelps Ties For Third at Moe O'Brien
Feb. 25, 2014
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Junior Bradley Phelps concluded the best tournament of his Stephen F. Austin career, posting an even-par 72 in round three to tie for third in the individual standings at the Moe O'Brien Invitational.
Phelps posted a three-round total of 5-under 211 (70-69-72), shattering his previous tournament-low of 217 set at the Harold Funston Invitational in the fall. However, Phelps competed as an individual in the event, meaning his score did not count towards SFA's overall total as the Lumberjacks place fourth with a 9-over 873.
Phelps was one of four `Jacks who placed among the top-20 in the individual standings, being joined among the top-10 by redshirt freshman Baxter Ward. After setting a personal-best with a 5-under 67 in round two, Ward carded a 3-over 75 in round three to finish eighth overall with a 2-under 214 (72-67-75), the first top-10 finish of his career.
Junior Blake Pugh and sophomore Luke Sheehan joined their SFA teammates among the top-20 as Pugh tied for 13th with a 1-over 217 (71-71-75), the 17th top-20 showing of his Lumberjack career. Sheehan was one stroke back at 2-over 218 (71-72-75), sitting in sole possession of 15th and logging his eighth top-20 career finish.
Junior Austin DeWitt posted the second-lowest score of the day among the `Jack competitors, shooting a 1-over 73 and finishing tied for 34th overall with an 11-over 227 (79-75-73). Freshman Cory Brown rounded out the SFA scorecard with a 15-over 231 (76-77-78), placing 45th overall.
SFA entered Tuesday's final round in third place, but added 14 strokes to its second round total by shooting a 10-over 298 over the final 18 holes. The `Jacks fell one stroke behind Incarnate Word in the overall team standings, finishing the tournament with a 9-over 873 (290-285-298) and notching their second top-five finish of the year.
Host McNeese State captured the team title in dominant fashion, posting a 24-under 840 for the two-day event and besting second-place UT-Pan American (2-under 862) by 22 strokes. Incarnate Word (8-over 872) finished one stroke better than SFA with Southland Conference newcomer Abilene Christian (23-over 887) rounding out the top-five.
After competing in back-to-back weeks, SFA will have nearly three weeks off before returning to action. The `Jacks tee it up next at the Border Olympics, hosted by Houston, taking place March 14-15 in Laredo.
2014 Moe O'Brien Intercollegiate Final Results
Player in italics competed as an individual