Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate
Location: Diamondback Golf Club • Abilene, Texas
Result: A&M-Commerce places 14 with a 44-over 612
Top Finisher: Patrick Russo (T-23rd overall) • 4-over 146
Up Next: Dornick Hills Classic • Sept. 19-20 • Ardmore, Okla.
ABILENE, Texas -- Patrick Russo highlighted the final round of the Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate for A&M-Commerce, firing a career-best 2-under 69 to jump 36 spots in the individual standings, finishing tied for 23rd overall.
Russo, who posted a 6-over 77 in round one, was hitting all afternoon for the Lions as his 69 was the fourth-lowest score of the final round. He closes out the two-day tournament tied for 23rd overall with a 4-over 146 after entering Tuesday's final round tied for 59th in the individual standings. His 69 bests his previous career-low of 70 set last spring at the Midwestern State Invitational.
Chris Leasor bounced back from a rocky start in round one to post a 1-over 72 over the final 18 holes, closing out the tournament with a 9-over 151. He finished six strokes better than teammate John Moug's 15-over 157 after Moug shot a 5-over 76 in Tuesday's final round.
Freshmen Jarret Martin and Derek Rucki closed out their first collegiate tournaments with a 16-over 158 and a 26-over 168, respectively. Martin posted a 6-over 77 in the final round, giving him a new career-low.
The Lions regrouped after struggling in round one, combining to shoot a 10-over 294 over the final round, shaving 24 shots off its opening round total of 318. A&M-Commerce finished six strokes back of Harding (38-over 606) and seven back of St. Mary's (37-over 605) in the final team standings.
Central Oklahoma used a final round 2-under 282 to capture the team title with an impressive 5-under 563, holding off host Abilene Christian (1-under 567) by four strokes. Our Lady of the Lake (3-over 571) placed third with a trio of Lone Star Conference schools in West Texas A&M (7-over 575), Midwestern State (9-over 577) and Cameron (10-over 578) rounding out the top-six.
A&M-Commerce will be back on the course this coming week, traveling to Ardmore, Okla. to compete in the Dornick Hills Classic at Dornick Hills Country Club Sept. 19 and 20.
Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate Results
|T23||Patrick Russo||77-69 = 146 (+4)|
|T48||Chris Leasor||79-72 = 151 (+9)|
|T68||John Moug||81-76 = 157 (+15)|
|T73||Jarret Martin||81-77 = 158 (+16)|
|80||Derek Rucki||84-84 = 168 (+26)|