Men’s Golf Finishes Tied for Fourth and Forces Tuesday Playoff at C-USA Championship
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men’s golf team fired final rounds of 299 and 298 to finish tied for fourth Monday in the C-USA Championships with Middle Tennessee, forcing a playoff to see who will advance to the four-team match play round.
The C-USA Champions is being played at the par 72, 6,969-yard Texarkana Country Club in Texarkana, Ark., and officials decided to play two rounds on Monday due to expected rain on the scheduled final day of the tournament, Wednesday, Instead, the top four teams advanced to the match play round for the championship on Tuesday.
Before that can happen, though, the Golden Eagles and Blue Raiders, who each finished the 54-hole preliminary tournament at 893 strokes, holds a playoff with all five players playing, with the top four scores counting beginning at 7:30 a.m. That playoff will determine the final semifinalist, who will play first-place UTEP (879), in the match play round. No. 2 North Texas (883) and No. 3 Charlotte (892) will be the other semifinal matchup.
Southern Miss, which started the day in sixth place, got rounds of 74 and 72 from senior Ryan Argotsinger (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), who helped improve the team’s final score by finishing fourth as an individual. It was his fifth Top 10 finish of his career and second-best finish of his Golden Eagle career.
He shot a three-under par over his final three holes, including an eagle on No. 17, to end his final round with an even par and a one-over 217 total for the event. Two of his three rounds were at par of below.
Sophomore Derick Kelting (Amarillo, Texas) added a pair of 74s to end with a 223 and a 17th-place tie, while junior Matt Codd (Red Deer, Alberta) carded a 74 and a 79 for a for a 226 and a 27th-place tie.
Freshmen Matt Lorenz (Gulf Shores, Ala.) and Walker Kesterson (Hartsburg, Mo.) placed tied for 32nd and 53rd, respectively, as Lorenz notched a 77 and 75 for a 229 score total and Kesterson registered an 83 and a 77 to end the event with a 238.
Marshall placed sixth in the tournament with a three-round team score of 900, followed by UTSA (902), UAB (903), Rice (905), WKU (909), Louisiana Tech (919), Old Dominion (920) and Florida Atlantic (939).
Fans can follow the match play round here on Tuesday.