HOUSTON — Led by Brett Hogan’s runner-up showing, the UTSA men’s golf team rallied from five shots down to claim a nine-stroke victory at the Rice Intercollegiate, which concluded on Tuesday at Westwood Golf Club (par 72/7,184 yards).
The Roadrunners entered the final 18 holes in second place at one-over-par 285-292—577, five shots behind future Conference USA foe Florida Atlantic (FAU). Bolstered by Hogan’s final-round, three-under 69, UTSA turned in its second 285 of the tournament to vault past the Owls, who shot 11-over 299, and into the top spot in the team standings at two-under 862.
“I could not be prouder of this team than I am right now,” fifth-year head coach John Knauer said. “They have put in so much hard work this year and that paid off today. They came out today with a chance to win this thing and they just wanted it more than anyone else. I can’t think of a better way to start off the spring season than to win the first tournament.”
UTSA’s victory marked the 22nd tournament crown in program history and first since winning the 2004 Rice Intercollegiate. Stephen F. Austin and Rice were 14 shots back in a tie for third at 12-over 876, while Houston Baptist rounded out the top five in the 14-team field at 19-over 883.
Hogan’s 69 featured five birdies, bringing his event total to 15, and he played the par fours at a tournament-best five below par. The freshman from Calgary, Alberta, finished in a tie for second place with North Dakota State’s Nathan Anderson at five-under 211 after carding a 68 and 74 on Monday. FAU's Richard Donegan edged that duo by one stroke despite shooting a 73 to cap off a six-under 210.
Ryan Werre also posted a top-10 finish — the eighth of his three-year career — after wrapping up an even-par 216 with a 71. The Redcliff, Alberta, native wrote down four birdies in his final round and 10 total for the event.
J.J. Lindsey and Stanton Tondre tied for 18th place at three-over 219, while Garrison Lackey finished at nine-over 225 to tie for 37th. Lackey and Lindsey posted final round scores of 72 and 73, respectively, to help UTSA rally for the team title. Tondre shot 75 after registering a pair of 72s on Monday.
Competing as an individual, Reed Stegall placed 76th (81-74-82—237).
The Roadrunners will return to the course next week when they host the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational. The two-day tournament tees off on Monday, Feb. 11, at Oak Hills Country Club.