Women’s golf takes third at Tulane Classic, men tie for ninth at Border Olympics


Ryder Martin, Sports Editor

The UTSA men’s and women’s golf teams were on the road this past week and came away with two very different results. On the women’s side, they traveled to New Orleans, La., to compete in the Tulane Classic and came away with an impressive third-place finish in just their second tournament of the year. On the men’s side, they traveled to Laredo, to compete in their first tournament of the year at the Border Olympics and walked away with a tie for ninth. 

Starting things off at the Tulane Classic, the women entered the tournament fresh off of an eighth-place finish at the Paradise Invitational and were hungry for improvement. In the first round, the Roadrunners rode a consistent performance to finish the day in third place with a team score of 311, 11 strokes behind tournament leader North Texas. The next day during round two, the ‘Runners slipped two spots down the leaderboard to fifth-place after carding a team score of 306. During the third and final round, the ‘Runners made their move and surged back up the leaderboard, passing Texas State and Clemson to finish in sole possession of third place in a 17-team field with a final team score of 911. The team finished 16 strokes behind tournament winner North Texas and eight strokes behind second-place Michigan. 

Individually, the ‘Runners placed three golfers in the top 15. Camryn Carreon led the way, finishing the tournament in a tie for sixth place at 10 over-par, five strokes behind individual tournament winner Ashley Lau from Michigan. After Carreon, Ana Gonzalez was the next ‘Runner on the leaderboard, finishing in a tie for 12th at 12 over-par. Hannah Holzmann finished one shot behind Gonzales at 13 over-par in a tie for 13th. Underlining the consistent effort from UTSA in the tournament, the two ‘Runners who failed to reach the top 15 were still inside the top 30. Nicole Polvichak finished in a tie for 24th at 17 over-par and Hunter Nugent brought up the rear at 18 over-par in a tie for 30th.

At the Border Olympics, the men’s team teed off in their first tournament of the season and got off to a decent start. The team carded an opening-round 296 to finish the day tied for seventh-place, 12 strokes behind round one leaders, Houston. Round two was a similar story, with the team firmly in the middle of the field, slipping down to eighth place after recording a team score of 309. The final round saw the ‘Runners slip yet another spot to a tie for ninth-place in the 14-team field after recording a total score of 901 for the tournament, 24 strokes behind tournament winners, Houston. 

Individually, the ‘Runners had a wide range of performances. Christian Fanfelle led the way for UTSA, finishing the tournament in a tie for 16th at four-over-par. After him came Carson Gallaher, who competed in the tournament as an individual and not in the team competition, finishing the tournament in a tie for 33rd at 10 over-par. One stroke behind him was Michael Rome, who finished in a tie for 36th. Patrick Kahanek, competing as an individual, and Hunter Bott followed one stroke behind Rome in a tie for 43rd. After them, Jack Wehman recorded a 15 over-par performance to finish in a tie for 55th. Finally, David Harrison brought up the rear for UTSA in a tie for 66th at 17 over-par. 

The women will take a couple of weeks off before heading to Dallas to compete in the Trinity Forest Invitational from March 7-8. Meanwhile, the men’s team will return to competition in Palm Desert, Calif. for the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate from March 2-4.