Pugh, 'Jacks Capture Titles in Alamo City
March 11, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin opened up its spring break road swing in style as junior Blake Pugh captured the individual title, pacing the Lumberjacks to the team title at the Incarnate Word James Litz Memorial. All five SFA golfers finished among the top-15, helping lead the ‘Jacks to their first team championship of the season.
The ‘Jacks held off a late surge by host Incarnate Word, posting a 31-over 895 for the two-day event and besting the Cardinals (36-over 900) by five shots to capture SFA’s first team title since the 2012 SFA Crown Classic in Lufkin.
Pugh, who entered Tuesday’s final round with a three-stroke lead over teammate Bradley Phelps, carded a five-over 77, but his lead was large enough to take home the individual trophy with a 3-over 219. It is the first individual title of Pugh’s SFA career as he becomes the first ‘Jack to win a tournament since Mitchell McLeroy since the same 2012 SFA Crown Classic.
Phelps tied for fourth in the individual standings, shooting an 8-over 70 in round three and finishing with a three-day total of 9-over 225. He finished two strokes ahead of sophomore Major Monzingo, who carded the best round of the day for the ‘Jacks with a 1-over 73 and placed seventh (11-over 227) for his first career top-10 finish.
Redshirt freshman Baxter Ward posted a 2-over 74 in round three, his best score of the tournament, to place eighth (12-over 228), notching his second top-10 finish in as many weeks. Sophomore Luke Sheehan tied for 13th overall with a 19-over 235 while junior Cody Wing notched a ninth-place finish (15-over 231) competing as an individual, the first top-10 showing of his SFA career.
The ‘Jacks entered Tuesday’s final round with a 10-stroke lead over Incarnate Word but added five strokes to their score, shooting a 13-over 301. But the lead gained over the previous two rounds was enough to hold up as SFA secured a five-shot victory over the host Cardinals.
Incarnate Word’s “B” team placed third, finishing well back of the top-two teams with a 72-over 936. Murray State College (79-over 943) finished fourth with Our Lady of the Lake (128-over 992) and South Texas College (231-over 1,095) rounding out the field.
SFA now makes the trek south to Laredo to close out its spring break swing, preparing to compete in the 2014 Border Olympics. Hosted by the University of Houston, the opening two rounds will be played Friday, March 14th with the final 18 holes scheduled for Saturday, March 15th.
2014 UIW Litz Memorial Final Results