McKINNEY — Sophomore Ryan Werre posted his second consecutive top-10 league finish to lead UTSA to an eighth-place showing at the Southland Conference Championship, which concluded Wednesday at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (par 72/7,346 yards).
Werre, who tied for third place at last year’s event en route to Southland Freshman of the Year honors, completed his second season with the Roadrunners in a four-way tie for seventh place. The Redcliff, Alberta, native eagled the par-four first en route to a one-under 35 on the front nine to help overcome a 41 on the back. He finished at four-over-par 76 in windy conditions that kept all but two of the 50 players at par or better on the final day. Werre netted a final scorecard of eight-over 224 (77-71-76) during the three-day tournament.
It marked the first time a Roadrunner has recorded back-to-back top-10 conference finishes since Thomas Kearney tied for seventh and eighth in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Werre was eight shots back of repeat individual champion MJ Daffue of Lamar, who fired an even-par 216 (72-74-70) to hold off Central Arkansas’ Antonio Costa (219) by three strokes.
Meanwhile, junior Taylor Koser tied for 29th with a 235 (79-79-77), while freshman
Reed Stegall tied for 33rd after turning in a 237 (76-85-76). Junior
Stanton Tondre and redshirt freshman Martin Board tied for 37th
(239=75-83-81) and 46th (250=81-82-87), respectively.
UTSA finished eighth in the team standings with a final scorecard of 932 (307-315-310), which was eight shots ahead of Nicholls (940) and 33 better than McNeese State (965).
Central Arkansas and Lamar finished the day tied atop the leaderboard at 890, but Lamar won a team playoff after the Cardinals bettered the Bears on the 18th hole. UT Arlington was third (903), followed by Stephen F. Austin (914), Texas State (917), Southeastern Louisiana (918) and Sam Houston State (923).