Gents Finish Fourth at Hal Sutton Intercollegiate
Tuesday, April 6, 2004

BOSSIER CITY, La. – The Centenary men’s golf team could not take advantage of good scoring conditions, slipping to fourth place after Tuesday’s final round of the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate at the Golf Club at StoneBridge.

The Gents shot a final-round 297, their best round of the tournament, but not good enough to stop McNeese State (289) and Texas-Pan American (285) from passing them in the final standings. Centenary’s three-round total of 898 was 29 strokes behind team champion Sam Houston State, who blistered the course with a final-round 283 (-5).

Texas-Pan American’s move up the standings from sixth to third place was led by Rudy Celedon (208), who set a new tournament record with a six-under-par 66 to win the individual title. Celedon finished two strokes ahead of Jeremy Dean of Sam Houston State, who shot a 68 to finish the tournament at 210 (-6). Derek Busby of Louisiana Tech also finished below par with a one-under-par 215 after firing a 72 in the final round.

Bryan Elliott finished as Centenary’s top golfer, shooting a 71 in the final round to finish in a tie for ninth place with 221 (+5). Brett Kaufman shot 74 in Tuesday’s round to stand alone in 11th place with 223 (+7), while David Viviano and Brian Grone tied for 20th place with three-round scores of 227 (+11).

After Sam Houston State, the next several teams were bunched in the standings, with McNeese State (894), Texas-Pan American (896), Centenary (898), Louisiana Tech (900), and Newman University (903) within nine strokes of each other from second to sixth places. Jackson State (914) finished seventh, followed by Nicholls State (922), and Birmingham-Southern’s two teams (934 & 944).

Centenary now prepares for the Mid-Con Golf Championships, to be held April 19-20 at The Fort Golf Club in Indianapolis, Ind.