Oct. 22, 2013
Choudrant, La. - The Southern Miss men's golf team hung on late to pick up its first victory of the year at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate. The tournament was hosted by Louisiana Tech and was played at the par-72, 7,105-yard Squire Creek Country Club.
"Today was awfully tough," said head coach Jerry Weeks. "It's always a tough job to hold the lead. But we stayed the course and started to play well at the end and were able to bring (the championship) home. "
It is the second time Southern Miss has won the tournament. They also took home the team title in 2011, which was its last tournament victory.
The Golden Eagles shot a final round 296 to finish three-over par, four shots ahead of Southeastern Louisiana.
Senior Zach Estep shot a 75 to finish three-under par, tied for fourth-place. It is his best finish of the year and the third top-five finish of his career.
Sophomore Kevin Jorden carded a 74 to tie for eighth-place at even par. It is his first career top ten finish.
Junior Drew Kirby and sophomore Michael Perez tied for 12th-place at four-over par. Kirby shot a 78 while Perez posted a 76. Both their finish as well as their 54-hole score of 220 are career-bests.
Senior Kevin Brady tied for 27th-place at eight-over par after posting a 73 and junior Casey Fernandez finished 10-over par in a 34th-place tie after shooting a 74.
Southern Miss returns to the links in two weeks when it travels to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Eagle/Osprey Intercollegiate, Nov. 4-5.