Men’s golf storms to Lone Star Invitational victory, women’s take third at Mercedes-Benz collegiate


Hannah Holzmann chips a ball onto the green during last year’s C-USA Championships. Holzmann was the highest placed ‘Runner at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, finishing in a tie for ninth after shooting one over par in the tournament. Photo courtesy of Conference USA

Ryder Martin, Sports Editor

UTSA golf was in action last week from Monday, Sept. 20, through Tuesday, Sept. 21. Both teams put in fantastic showings, with the men’s team winning their home tournament, the Lone Star Invitational, and the women’s team finishing in a tie for third at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in Knoxville, Tenn. Individually, the Roadrunners also enjoyed fantastic performances to bolster their strong team showings. Each tournament was a 54-hole event. 

For the men’s team, it was an absolutely dominant performance by their individual players. UTSA’s Michael Rome and Hunter Bott ended up tying for the individual tournament win at an even par 216 for a one stroke victory over the competition. The pair entered the final round of the event tied for the lead and shot dueling 74’s in round three to split the win and finish one stroke ahead of Garrison Smith of New Mexico State University and Pedro Marin of Lamar University. While Rome and Bott were the obvious standouts for the team, the rest of the players competing for UTSA in the team competition were also remarkably strong. Christian Fanfelle and Jack Wehman also recorded top 10 finishes at the event, finishing five strokes back from Rome and Bott at 221. David Harrison brought up the “rear” for ‘Runners competing, seven strokes back of the lead in a tie for 13th. Competing as individuals, Reed Foster, Carson Gallaher and Patrick Kanahek finished in a tie for 37th, a tie for 43rd and a tie for 53rd respectively. In the team competition, UTSA led from wire to wire, starting out with a five over par 293 in round one, before seizing a commanding lead with an eight under par 280 in round two, then coasting to the tournament win with a seven over par 295 in round three. The ‘Runners finished the tournament with a 12-stroke victory over New Mexico State. 

The Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship was similarly fruitful for the women’s team. Led by a top ten finish from Hannah Holzmann, the ‘Runners used a superb final round to jump past four teams and finish in a tie for third. Holzmann finished the tournament in a tie for ninth at one over par for the tournament, seven shots behind tournament winner Chloe Holder of Augusta University. Right behind Holzmann was Camryn Carreon, who finished in a tie for 12th at two over par. Behind them was the trio of Nicole Polivchak, Hunter Nugent and Ana Gonzalez who all finished in a tie for 32nd at seven over par. In the team competition, UTSA started the final day in seventh place, but off the back of a one over par 285, the ‘Runners came roaring back to finish in a tie for third, 10 shots back of tournament winners Brigham Young University, seven shots behind the University of Miami for second and tied with Chattanooga and Augusta at 12 over par. 

The men’s team will next be in action on Monday, Oct. 4, through Tuesday, Oct. 5, for the Trinity Forest in Dallas. The women’s team will be in action at the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Okla. from Sunday, Sept. 26, through Tuesday, Sept. 27.