KERRVILLE - UT Tyler’s George Toone delivered five birdies in his final round to card a 7-under 209 and finish second overall at the American Southwest Conference Men’s Golf Championship.
Toone bounced back from a 74 in Round 1 to deliver rounds of 67 and 68. Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Mats Heien was the conference champion, thanks to an ASC record 15-under 201. Heien scorched the Comanche Trace course with 16 birdies and an eagle over his three days.
Toone’s efforts helped UT Tyler finish second as a team, combining to shoot 292-279-293–864. It is the fifth-straight year for the Patriots to finish as conference runner-up.
UT Tyler’s Sam Hill finished sixth with a 1-over 217 (69-74-74), Brandon Rougeau was ninth with a 2-over 218 (75-69-74). Rounding out the Patriots were Cody Gilbert (74-71-79–224) in 13th and Trystan Perkins (76-72-77–225) in 16th.
UMHB, led by Heien, won the 54-hole event by 20 strokes, producing a three-day total of 276-283-285–844.
The Crusaders capture the automatic spot in the NCAA tournament with UT Tyler forced to wait until May 8 to see if the Patriots receive an at-large selection. The NCAA Division III men’s golf tournament will be played May 16-19 at Mission Inn in Howley-in-the-Hills, Florida.
Defending conference champion Concordia was third overall with a 292-296-287–875. Hardin-Simmons (916) finished fourth with UT Dallas (917) fifth in the eight-team event.