Men’s golf wins San Antonio Shootout

The men’s golf team won the San Antonio Shootout after three rounds of play. The Saints were three shots behind Wayland Baptist University (WBU) on Feb. 21 and improved to a first-place finish on Feb. 22 with a final 913 score after rounds of 303/305/305.

Head Coach Arnie Martinez said, “I’m very happy with the way the guys grinded out there. We’ve been working hard as a unit. Our whole squad is responsible for this victory. This is a premier event with a strong field at a world-class golf course. We knew it was going to be a challenge. We talked about maintaining our mental game and focusing on our strengths. Ollie (Oliver Gaisford – FR/Canterbury, U.K.) has been playing well all year. It was great to see him compete for the low medalist, ending in second place overall. As a freshman, it seems he’s learning a little more every event. He’s going to be exciting to watch in the years to come. Diego Garcia Hernandez (SR/Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico) also played well as an individual earning a fifth-place finish. The fact that he wasn’t on our top five and still finished fifth out of the whole event is a testament to the depth of our team. I’m so proud of our guys. They deserve it. I told them, ‘We will enjoy our victory today, but tomorrow, we get right back to work.’ Go, Saints!”

The Saints have participated in the San Antonio Shootout since 2012. The highest finish as a team came in 2013 and 2018 when the Saints took third place. Two previous Saints have won the individual title – Aaron Flores in 2013 and Kane Ybarra in 2021.

WBU marked a three-round 915 (303/303/309) for second place. They were followed by the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) at 916, Missouri Valley University at 926, Grand View University and Mount Mercy University at 954, Briar Cliff University at 973 and Texas A&M University-San Antonio at 980.

OLLU’s Oliver Gaisford had identical scores with UHV’s Max Schliesing at 72/73/76 =221 for first place. He ended the tournament in second place after a playoff. Diego Garcia Hernandez tied for fifth place with a, 80/72/76=228, followed by Massimo Garcia (JR/Laredo, Texas) at 77/79/77=233 for an 11th place tie,  Raul Gonzalez (SO/McAllen, Texas) with a 78/83/76=237 for 19th place and Chase White (SR/San Antonio, Texas) at 76/81/82=239 for a 23rd place tie. The slate featured 42 golfers.

What’s next

The men will compete next at the Schreiner University Mountaineer Invitational at Comanche Trace in Kerrville, Texas, March 6-8.