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Werre guides UTSA men to seventh place at Southland Conference Championship

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 04/27/2011
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FORT WORTH — Led by top-10 finishes from freshman Ryan Werre and senior Lewis Chong, UTSA finished seventh at this week's Southland Conference Championship, which wrapped up Wednesday at Waterchase Golf Club (7,304 yards, par 72).

Werre tied for third to post the top conference finish by a Roadrunner since John Elizondo won the individual title in 2006. The Redcliff, Alberta, native entered the final 18 holes in a tie for second place at four-under-par and carded a two-over 74 in windy conditions to tie UT Arlington’s Wes Worster for the bronze at two-under 214, which was just two shots off the winning pace.

Werre turned in a 71 in the opening round and a 69 on Tuesday, his third sub-70 round of the season, in registering his second consecuitve and third overall top-10 finish of his debut campaign.
“Ryan hit the ball very well all week, but he just could not get a putt to fall,” head coach John Knauer said. “He gave himself a chance to win this tournament and, for a freshman, that is an outstanding effort. He really held his composure well throughout, despite how frustrating it could have been for him when those putts weren’t falling. This is a great building block for him and his future is very bright.”
Chong concluded his career in style with a career-best ninth-place effort. The Lethbridge, Alberta, native recorded a 54-hole total of 218 (72-71-75) to better his previous top finish of 13th posted at the Jim West Intercollegiate earlier this month.
“It was great to see Lewis go out with a top-10 finish,” Knauer said. “He actually finished with a birdie on his last hole, so that was neat to see. He has been a great ambassador for our program and a pleasure to coach these last few years.”
MJ Daffue of Lamar (73-72-67=212) defeated Central Arkansas’ Jad Sinclair (76-66-70=212) in a playoff for the individual crown.
Behind Werre and Chong, the Roadrunners placed seventh with a scorecard of 896 (300-288-308), just one stroke behind Sam Houston State (305-288-302=895) for sixth. UT Arlington won the team title with an 862 (291-282-289), followed by Lamar (872), Southeastern Louisiana (873), Central Arkansas (884), Stephen F. Austin (885), Sam Houston State (895), UTSA (896), Texas State (898), Nicholls (904) and McNeese State (921).
Sophomore Mitchell Griffin tied for 34th after firing a 229 (79-73-77), while sophomores Nicko Dodd and Austin Struble placed 43rd (80-75-82=237) and 44th (78-77-84=239), respectively.
"I felt like we got better as this season went along,” Knauer said. “We thought we could come in and compete for a high finish. We didn’t hit on all cylinders this week, so we were a little disappointed with finishing seventh. It is a sour note to end on, but we take this as a learning experience for next year and beyond. We have a young team and everyone but Lewis will be back, so we will take a lot of positives from this and build for the future.”

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