West Florida captures second Gulf South Conference championhip in three years
TUNICA, Miss. -- No. 18 West Florida won its second conference championship in three years on Tuesday at the 2013 Gulf South Conference Championships. Two Argonauts finished in the top 10, highlighted by sophomore Juan Miguel Heredia’s fourth-place finish.
This win marks the 11th Gulf South Conference championship in program history under head coach Steve Fell, and punches the team’s ticket to the NCAA Regional Championships as an automatic bid.
“It’s very rewarding to see these guys come together and accomplish one of our goals, which is to win the GSC Championship,” Fell said. “I just can’t say enough about these guys, they’ve worked so hard. It’s a pretty young team, freshman and sophomores, and they’ve really made some progress from the beginning of the year.”
After a rough start to the round on Tuesday and poor weather conditions on the course, the Argonauts battled the elements to clinch the GSC title.
“It was just a battle out there,” Fell said. “The conditions were really tough. We kind of got off to a rocky start and just had to persevere. Keep your head level, keep your wits about you and move on. Know that pars are not bad scores, and sometimes even bogeys. We were able to hold on from the lead we had [from Monday], thankfully we had a big lead, and were able to hold on and win it.”
Sophomore Heredia finished five strokes over par in his final round on Tuesday after starting the tournament three strokes under par after 36 holes on Monday. He finished the tournament two strokes over par for a total of 218. Heredia (69-72-77 – 218) was named to the GSC All-Tournament team for his efforts.
Spencer Olson finished his final round on Tuesday five strokes over par en route to a seventh-place overall finish. Olsen (71-72-78 – 221) finished seventh overall after 54 holes.
UWF freshman Talin Rajendranath finished tied for 11th (223) while sophomore Gary Buffington III placed 13th (224). Rajendranath (77-72-74 – 223) shot the best round of the day (74) for the Argonauts. Kyle Lucas finished tied for 24th (233) after a 10 over par round on Tuesday.
GSC opponent North Alabama (290-289-307 – 886) finished the tournament in second place while GSC newcomer Union (Tenn.) (292-294-312 – 896) placed third.