CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico – LSU junior Stewart Jolly continued his All-American campaign this week at the fourth-annual Querencia Cabo Collegiate while earning his third top-10 finish in six tournament starts on the year by tying for sixth place overall to lead the Tigers in the event wrapping up Tuesday at Querencia Golf Club.
After opening the championship with back-to-back rounds of even-par 71, Jolly posted a team-low 2-over par 73 to finish in a tie for sixth place with Alabama’s Gavin Moynihan at 2-over par 215 for the week.
It marks Jolly’s third top-10 finish in six starts this season after also earning third place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic in LSU’s 2013 fall opener held Sept. 6-8 in Rocky Face, Ga., and sharing the individual crown at this season’s Golfweek Conference Challenge held Sept. 15-17 in Burlington, Iowa.
Jolly, who entered the Querencia Cabo Collegiate as the No. 38-ranked collegiate player nationally in the Golfstat power rankings, strengthens an All-American resume while finishing ahead of five players ranked in the Top 50 and 11 players ranked in the Top 100 of the latest Golfstat player rankings. He also finishes the event with a team-leading 71.61 scoring average on the campaign.
The Birmingham, Ala., native led the Tigers to an eighth-place team finish in the 14-team field as LSU posted a team score of 9-over 293 in the final round and a 54-hole team score of 31-over 883 for the championship.
Also adding scores to LSU’s team total in Tuesday’s final round were senior Smylie Kaufman with a 1-over par 72 and sophomore Zach Wright and freshman Eric Ricard with matching rounds of 2-over par 74. Wright tied for 34th place at 11-over 224 for the championship, while Kaufman tied for 42nd place at 13-over 226 and Ricard tied for 55th place at 18-over 231 in three rounds at the event held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Junior Curtis Thompson followed Jolly in a tie for 24th place on the final leaderboard as he followed back-to-back rounds of 2-over 73 with a 5-over 76 on Tuesday to finish with a 54-hole score of 9-over par 222.
The No. 11-ranked Houston Cougars led wire-to-wire to take home the team championship by a single stroke over the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Houston finished off the tournament with a team score of 6-over par 290 in the final round for a winning total of 11-over par 863 for the championship. Alabama followed one shot back at 12-over par 864, including a 2-over par 286 in the final round.
Rounding out the top five of the final team standings were Baylor in third place at 18-over 870, Kentucky in fourth place at 20-over 872 and SMU and Vanderbilt in a tie for fifth place at 23-over 875.
Houston not only led wire-to-wire to take home the team title, but Cougar standout Roman Robledo also led from the start as he followed rounds of 3-under 68 on Sunday and Monday with a 2-over 73 on Tuesday for a one-shot victory while taking home the individual crown with his winning score of 4-under par 209. Baylor’s Kyle Jones finished one shot off the pace at 3-under par 210.
With the 2014 spring season now in full swing, the Tigers will return to the state of Louisiana for their next event as they tee off in the 29th-annual Louisiana Classics being held at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette as the event will once again be hosted by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from March 10-11. They will then finish off the month of March with a trip to Palm City, Fla., to compete at this year’s Floridian Invitational, which will be held on March 24-25 at Floridian Golf Club.
QUERENCIA CABO COLLEGIATE – FINAL ROUND RESULTS
TEAM SCORES (Par 852)
1. Houston 288-285-290 – 863 +11; 2. Alabama 294-284-286 – 864 +12; 3. Baylor 296-281-293 – 870 +18; 4. Kentucky 298-287-287 – 872 +20; T5. SMU 288-298-289 – 875 +23; T5. Vanderbilt 296-290-289 – 875 +23; 7. Arkansas 299-296-287 – 882 +30; 8. LSU 297-293-293 – 883 +31; 9. Chattanooga 307-289-301 – 897 +45; T10. Lamar 307-294-297 – 898 +46; T10. Ole Miss 305-296-297 – 898 +46; 12. Texas-Arlington 296-306-304 – 906 +54; 13. Coastal Carolina 303-304-319 – 926 +74; 14. Abilene Christian 321-318-322 – 961 +109.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (Par 213)
1. Roman Robledo, Houston, 68-68-73 – 209 -4; 2. Kyle Jones, Baylor, 74-65-71 – 210 -3; 3. Robby Shelton, Alabama, 71-71-70 – 212 -1; T4. Charlie Ewing, Vanderbilt, 70-71-73 – 214 +1; T4. Ben Stow, Kentucky, 74-70-70 – 214 +1; T6. Stewart Jolly, LSU, 71-71-73 – 215 +2; T6. Gavin Moynihan, Alabama, 72-72-71 – 215 +2; T8. Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas, 73-75-68 – 216 +3; T8. Bobby Wyatt, Alabama, 71-75-70 – 216 +3; T8. James Ross, Houston, 73-72-71 – 216 +3.