UTSA men’s golf turns in eighth place performance at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate


Ryder Martin, Sports Editor

The UTSA men’s golf team returned to action for their second tournament of the year this past week from March 2-4 at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. Facing off against a field of 19 other teams, the Roadrunners were set for a hard-fought 72-hole event. The team endured a slow start to the tournament but managed to work their way up the leaderboard to walk away with an eighth-place finish for their efforts. 

UTSA found itself in 15th place after the first round of competition as the team carded a 300 in the round. Michael Rome led the way for the ‘Runners tied for 23rd with an even-par 72 on the day. The rest of his teammates largely struggled, however, with David Harrison the next closest Roadrunner in a tie for 59th at three-over-par. 

Things picked up for UTSA in the second round, however. They shot a 287 on the day to rise up four spots on the leaderboard. Rome once again enjoyed an excellent day on the course to move up into a tie for 15th after shooting a one-under-par 71. Slotting in one spot behind him was Christian Fanfelle, whose incredible second round five-under-par 67 shot him up the leaderboard into a tie for 21st at even-par for the tournament. 

The ‘Runners climbed up the leaderboard and continued on in the third and final round. Thanks to a final round 286, their best score of the tournament, the ‘Runners rose a further three spots up the leaderboard to claim sole possession of eighth place, with a final total score of 873. This put them just ahead of Colorado University and UT Arlington, who finished tied for ninth just one stroke behind UTSA. Individually the ‘Runners enjoyed another strong day from Rome, who improved for the second consecutive round to shoot a two-under-par 70 to finish the tournament at three-under-par in a tie for eighth. Finishing behind Rome was Fanfelle, who carded a final round 74 to slip slightly down the leaderboard and finish tied for 29th at two-over-par. Jack Wehman finished the tournament at seven-over-par, Hunter Bott at 10-over-par and Harrison at 11-over-par to round things out for UTSA. 

The ‘Runners finished nine-over-par as a team for the tournament, putting them 34 strokes behind tournament winners Charlotte. Charlotte rode a massive final round 270 to pass No. 45 Nevada on the leaderboard and finish 18 strokes clear for the victory.

The UTSA men’s golf team will return to competition from March 14-15 in Lafayette, La., for the Louisiana Classics.