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Transitioning a golf game from Canada to Texas can be a difficult process, but that is precisely what senior Ryan Werre and sophomore Brett Hogan have done. The two UTSA student-athletes are currently setting the pace for the UTSA men’s golf team in the 2013 fall season.
The Roadrunners struggled in New Mexico with a last place finish, 17th overall, in the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate Tournament that ended on Saturday, Sept. 29. Hogan shot a 230 (77-74-79) over the weekend in the 54-hole tournament, placing him in a tie for 40th. He also placed as the highest Roadrunner for the second straight tournament. Freshman Bryce Alley (79-79-77), sophomore J.J. Lindsey (77-83-82), junior Garrison Lackey (79-79-83), and Werre (83-80-77) combined with Hogan to shoot a 75-over-par (939).
Previously UTSA had a strong showing at the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate Tournament in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Sept. 10, where the Roadrunners placed 8th overall with a four-over-par (856). Hogan (74-67-67), the Calgary, Alberta native, was impressive in the final two rounds — shooting a back-to-back 67, both career-bests. Fellow Canadian teammate Werre (73-70-72) was tied for 30th and had the second highest finish for UTSA.
Knauer believed UTSA could have had a stronger finish than 8th place in Hattiesburg.
“Early on we played real steady. We moved up each round and missed seventh by one shot,” Knauer said. “Ole Miss beat us by one shot. Anytime you lose to other teams, if they just play well and beat you, that’s fine. But when you lose by a shot, you know there is something out there that you could have done.”
Hogan’s five-under-par performance did help build his confidence moving forward into the season.
“That was the lowest total that I had ever in a tournament,” Hogan said. “The important thing is I was comfortable shooting it, I wasn’t nervous. I felt I could improve more on that and it gives me confidence for the next couple of tournaments.”
John Knauer, in his fifth season as head coach, is relying on both golfers, especially Werre, to take the UTSA program to higher levels of success.
“Ryan has been a captain for a while and he has gotten better at it each year,” Knauer said. But you can really tell his senior year he is taking it to a new level.”
UTSA will finish the fall part of the season in the month of October. The Roadrunners will head to Birmingham, Ala. on Monday, Oct. 7 to play in the Jerry Pate National Invitational. That will be followed by the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. on Monday Oct. 21.