MG: Guanlao rises up on final day of Louisiana Classics

Feb. 28, 2017

Final Team Results | Final Individual Results

By Cassie Logan | UTAMavs.com

LAFAYETTE, La. -- Junior Aaron Guanlao made big moves on the final day of the 32nd annual Louisiana Classics on Tuesday, jumping 19 places in the individual standings to tie for 24th.

UTA finished the two-day event in 15th place, totaling a 927 at the Oakburne Country Club in Lafayette, La. Louisiana crowned a new champion in No. 22 Kent State, who controlled the leaderboard each day and registered a 21-under 843. The four nationally ranked teams slotted positions one through four. No. 13 Texas A&M improved one spot to become the runner-up, followed by No. 14 LSU and No. 3 Illinois. 

"We have a lot of work to do here in the next two weeks," UTA associate head coach Casey Devoll said. "We just weren't sharp, so we'll keep swinging in practice and bounce back to prepare for the next tournament."


Guanlao achieved one of the strongest improvements of Day 2. Starting out in a tie for 43rd after two rounds on Monday, the Haslet, Texas product birdied twice and bogeyed once to head to the final nine at an even par. A double bogey set him back on hole No. 13, but pars on the final three gave him a plus-1 in Round 3, bringing his total to plus-8 224. 

Will Dennis tied for 60th in his first tournament of the spring season after a two-day clip of 79-73-79. Freshman Sully Billingsley made his first appearance with the Mavericks and shot a 78 on Day 2 to improve six places for a tie for 70th. Josh Radcliff registered a 239 and Zach Galliford withdrew prior to the third round. 

UTA will have time to reset and refocus before the next tournament, the squad's only home appearance of the season. The Mavericks will compete in the ORU Spring Break Shootout at TPC Four Season in Las Colinas March 14-16. 


 

 

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