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Corpus Christi golf recruits look to UHV to continue careers

By jhornberg
April 12, 2011 at midnight
Updated April 11, 2011 at 11:12 p.m.

Jon Moore, 21, plays in the Texas State University Jim West Intercollegiate golf tournament at Victoria Country Club.KATHLEEN DUNCAN / KDUNCAN@VICAD.COM

LEADERBOARD

Sam Forgan, La Tech, -6 (70-68)

P. Westermann, SE La, -6 (70-68)

Wes Worster, UTA, -4 (68-72)

Coy Breen, C of C, E (74-70)

Cedric Scotto, SE La., E (73-71)

Rhys West, SE La., E, (73-71)

Two at +1

Jon Moore took two years off from golf after graduating high school.

He had played several years at Corpus Christi King, but at 18 years old and with an injured shoulder, it was time to step back for a little bit.

"I didn't do anything for two years," said the 21-year-old freshman. "I don't know if I tore it or what I did, but I went to the doctor and he told me to lay off a little."

He eventually went to work in a golf shop, and that ignited his passion for golf again.

"It just got me the itch to get going."

Moore is one of three golfers on the UHV men's golf roster, along with freshman Joseph Bernal from Carroll and Robert Cardona from Ray that are on the roster this year. Moore is the only one of the three in the regular lineup.

The freshman shot a second round 5-over 77, part of a holding pattern by the Jaguars that saw the team improve its team score by two strokes (from 308 to 306) but fall back two spots in the standings to 13th of out 15 teams.

Corpus Christi has several strong high school golf programs, including former Memorial rivals King and Carroll, that produce golfers with talent.

But because there is no men's golf program at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, many of those golfers were left to languish.

The presence of a program at UHV, Moore said, changes that.

"All the guys that I knew didn't play anywhere after high school," he said. "With this program, everyone's looking to come here and stay close to home."

Moore said he found out about the program from fellow golfer Austin Griffin, whom he knew and was friends with before both joining the team. It was through Griffin, Moore said, that he met coach Brian Williamson and joined the team.

UHV's roster is still relatively young - the team is more than half freshmen and an two sophomores to join three juniors - but has been holding its own against Division I competition.

Moore, though, is convinced he and his team can do better.

"I think we're pretty much going to have the same team next year, give or take a person," he said.

LEADING THE PACK

Louisiana Tech continues to lead the team competition after shooting a combined 1-over, with a two-day score of even-par heading into Tuesday's final round. Southeastern Louisiana is just two strokes back.

The Bulldogs have been paced all tournament by tournament leader Sam Forgan, who followed up an impressive opening round 2-under 70 with a 4-under 68 on Tuesday.

EVEN ACROSS THE BOARD

You don't get much more consistent than Texas-Arlington's performance on Monday. The Mavericks as a team posted four scores of even-par 72, tied for the second best round of the day with College of Charleston.

The Mavericks, which are the defending champion, currently sit in fourth place and are 14 strokes back of first place.

FROM BACK TO THE FRONT

Cal State Fullerton freshman Mark Anguiano had a rough of it on the first day. The freshman shot a mediocre 81, struggling to handle the strong northern wind, which he said hurt him on the back nine.

Monday was the complete opposite of the previous day.

"It made a lot of the holes easier, because I started on the back nine," Anguiano said. "The tough holes yesterday were the easy ones today.

"The wind direction made tee shots really easy."

The wind had shifted direction, and with it Anguiano's fortunes. He had one of the best improvements from the first to the second day, jumping up 13 shots to shoot a 4-under 68, tied with two others for the low round of the tournament.

The other two to shoot a 68? Tournament leaders Sam Forgan of Louisiana Tech and Phillipp Westermann of Southeastern Louisiana.

Anguiano said he's approaching Tuesday's final round as loose as he can.

"I'm just going out there trying to do the same thing, if every thing works out, it should be another good round," he said.

GROUP TO WATCH

There may still be a lot of drama to play out with so many teams within striking distance.

But much of it could take place with the second group starting at hole 1 during Tuesday's 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

The top four individuals - Tech's Sam Forgan, Southeastern Louisiana's Phillipp Westermann, Texas-Arlington's Wes Worster and College of Charleston's Coy Breen - all play in the same foursome Tuesday.

Jim West Intercollegiate Tournament

Victoria Country Club

Louisiana Tech, 287-289: Sam Forgan, 70-68; Clinton Shepard, 72-73; Jack Lempke, 72-72; Jonathan Bale, 73-76; Cody Santone, 75-76.

Southeastern Louisiana 293-285: Philipp Westermann 70-68, Cedrick Scotto, 73-71; Rhys West, 72-71; Horacio Leon, 77-77; Daniel Zuluga, 79-75.

Louisiana-Lafayette 293-304: Andrew Noto, 69-80; Chris Weninger, 72-76; Philipp Fendt, 76-74; Thomas Petts, 76-74; Ethan Savoy, 80-81.

Stephen F. Austin 297-299: Stetson McMillan, 73-73; Mitchell McLeroy, 73-77; Jason Fiscus, 75-75; Kyle Robbins, 76-75; Richard Wilkenfeld, 79-76.

UT-San Antonio 298-309: Mitchell Griffin, 73-73; Lewis Chong, 73-73; Ryan Werre, 75-76; Rick Dodd, 77-82; Austin Struble, 81-86.

Texas State, 299-297: Alastair Jones, 72-73; Philip Krebscach, 73-76; Carson Gibson, 76-75; Tom Moore, 78-75; Stuart Smallwood, 79-74.

College of Charleston, 300-288: Coy Breen, 74-70; Alex Ellis, 75-76; Seth Stuart, 78-74; John Duke Hudson, 86-71.

UT-Arlington, 302-288: Wes Worster, 68-72; Zach Fischer, 77-72; Hunter Brown, 78-72; Enrique Livas, 79-81; Paul McConnell, 80-72.

South Alabama, 303-298: Jack Hiluta 74-74; McLain LeBerte, 76-75; Blake Kelley, 76-79; David Leathem, 77-74; Lane Hulse, 82-75.

Sam Houston State, 305-300: James Glenn, 71-75; Blaine Weiterman, 75-75; Kort O'Leary, 76-76; Justin McKay, 83-74; Drue Thompson, 86-77.

UHV, 308-306: Austin Griffiin, 74-76; Jon Moore, 76-77; Eric Garza, 78-76; James Price, 80-75; Cory Anderson, 80-80.

Houston Baptist, 311-308: Mark Slater, 76-73; Jonathan Marek, 76-87; Hudson Hansard, 79-82; Ian Armstrong, 80-78; Andrew Rollins, 81-75.

McNeese State, 311-311: Zach Collings, 75-79; Corey Halsell, 76-77; Derek Bonvillian 79-80; Mick Huffman, 81-84; Ben Suarez, 83-75.

Houston, 314-297: Curtis Reed, 77-74; Bryn Flanagan, 79-77; Jesse Doemer, 79-70; Wesely McClain, 79-81; Eric Adler, 80-76.

CSU Fullerton, 316-297: Dakota Duerr, 77-76; Corey Gard, 77-81; Nick Ellis, 81-78; Mark Anguiano, 81-68; Scott Rubzin, 81-75.

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