Men’s golf place sixth at The Clerico, women finish fall season at Jim West Challenge

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

The men’s and women’s golf teams had separate competitions last week. The men traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to participate in The Clerico, while the women went to San Marcos for the Jim West Challenge. The men finished sixth out of 12 teams, while the women finished 14th out of 15 teams.

Hunter Bott led the Roadrunners at The Clerico on Oct. 24 and 25 (par-71/7,000 yards). After the first day of the tournament, the ‘Runners were tied for third overall with Bott scoring a 1-under-par 70 and David Harrison right behind at an even-par 71. 

The men’s team fell to sixth place, with Bott still leading the way, tied for 13th with a 4-over-par 146. The course was shortened to 36 holes due to weather conditions on Monday. Bott posted a 76 on the second day and finished with five birdies, including a birdie on the 364-yard, par-4 first hole. Christian Fanfelle, who finished first for UTSA in the three meets prior, also had five birdies and came in second for the Roadrunners with a 7-over 149. Fanfelle jumped five places on the second day, landing him tied at 24th overall.

Harrison fell 21 spots to tie for 30th place and finished with an 8-over 150. Freshman Brayden Bare was two shots behind Harrison and tied in 40th place. Bare had a birdie on the 388-yard, par-4 second and 133-yard, par-3 sixth holes, which helped give him a 10-over 152 (79-73). Jack Wehman was the final Roadrunner in the lineup, tying in 45th place in the 71-man field and earning a score of 11-over 153 (76-77). 

The Roadrunners’ score of 592 (292-300) landed them in sixth place, one stroke behind Texas State at 591 (297-294). South Alabama won the team title (292-288–580) and Luke Kluver from Oklahoma won the individual title with a 5-under 137.

The women went to the Jim West Challenge on Oct. 23 and 24, where Camryn Carreon led the ‘Runners to a 14th overall finish (301-301-291-893). Carreon finished with a score of 3-under 213, after a 2-over 74 on the first day of the match, which launched her 16 spots on the second day to finish tied for eighth. This was Carreon’s 10th time placing top 10 in her collegiate career. Carreon also matched her record score of 67, which featured seven birdies and had 12 total for the competition. 

Daniela Abonce was second for UTSA and finished with a 3-over 219 (71-76-72), tying for 31st. Three different Roadrunners finished in the 70s. Olivia Williams tied for 70th and carded a 14-over 230 (80-76-74), while Morgan Ellison was one stroke behind, tying for 72nd with a 15-over 231 (76-77-78). Lauren Rios was the final ‘Runner, finishing 79th (84-80-82—246). 

UTSA competed against eight nationally ranked teams and was the only team from Conference USA. No. 27 Oklahoma State won the team title with an 855 (285-282-288), just two strokes ahead of No. SMU at 857 (294-280-283). Carla Bernat won the individual title with a score of 8-under 208 (70-73-65). 

The women have concluded their fall portion of the season and will start back up in the spring semester. The men have one final competition, which will take place on Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. at the Saint Mary’s Invitational in Pebble Beach, California.