DORAL, FLA. (Nov. 1, 2016) — The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's golf team improved to third place in the final round of the Dave Adamonis Sr. Invitational after finishing the first two rounds in fourth place. The event took place at the Trump National Doral - Red Tiger/Blue Monster Course in Doral, near Miami and was sponsored by Johnson & Wales University.
Head Coach Alan E. Baxter commented, "We are getting better, We need to be smarter and realize that every shot counts. We are a young team. We have the best coach in Arnie Martinez. I am a reserved guy – but I will say this now: we are a top five team in the nation in my opinion. Christopher Schriedel (SR/Helotes, Texas) is being a leader and everyone on the roster is pushing each other. We are most proud that we are a scholar team. We will work hard and can't wait until the spring to reach new heights. We appreciate the support of the athletic department and feed off the tremendous success of the fall sports teams and their winning of the conference championships. Go Saints!"
Keiser University (ranked No. 8 in the 2016-2017 NAIA Men's Golf Coaches' Top 25 Poll released Sept. 30) claimed the tournament title with a 16-over 880. No. 4 Wayland Baptist University dropped from first place yesterday to finish in second with a 19-over 883. The Saints -- unranked in the NAIA (receiving 115 votes), but ranked No. 15 in the NAIA-GolfStat ranking -- followed at 23-over 887. No. 13 St. Thomas University was next in fourth place (888), followed by No. 5 Johnson & Wales University (891), No 15 Point University (894), No. 20 Southeastern University (906), Keiser University B Team (907), No. 25 Webber International University (907), No. 11 Coastal Georgia University (908), Savannah College of Art and Design (924), St. Ambrose University (received four votes) (929), Thomas University (received 11 votes) (929), Manhattan College (935), Ave Maria University (936) and Warner University (983).
Alex Rainville of Johnson & Wales won the individual medal after posting a 9-under 207 (71/66/70). OLLU's Stevan Hinojosa (JR/Mission, Texas) led the Saints with a 4-over 220 (70/73/77) for an overall ninth place. Rafael Jauregui (JR/Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico) (78/72/74), Kane Ybarra (FR/San Antonio, Texas) (72/74/78) and Gerardo Daniel (FR/San Antonio, Texas) (75/72/77) all tied for 17th place with an 8-over 224. Christopher Schriedel finished in 25th place with a 9-over 225 (75/73/77). There were 95 golfers participating in the tournament.
No other Red River Athletic Conference teams were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 Poll; however, some were included in the Golfstat rankings: University of Houston-Victoria – No. 69; University of the Southwest – No. 105; University of St. Thomas – No. 111; and Jarvis Christian College – No. 164.
The top-ranked team in the NAIA Top 25 poll is Oklahoma City University, followed by Texas Wesleyan University, No. 3 William Woods University, No. 5 British Columbia University, No. 7 Dalton State University, No. 9 Grand View, No. 10 Victoria - BC, No. 12 USC Beaufort, No. 14 Northwestern Ohio University, No. 15 Point University, No. 16 Cumberlands University, No. 17 Oklahoma Wesleyan University, No. 18 Mount Mercy University, No. 19 The Master's College, No. 21 Cardinal Stritch University, No. 22 Oregon Tech University, No. 23 Lindsey Wilson University and No. 24 Corban University.
The Saints have completed their fall schedule. They will commence their spring schedule in January 2017.
Our Lady of the Lake University is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016-2017 as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The University began competing in the NAIA in men's soccer and volleyball in 2007. A year later, they added women's soccer, golf and tennis. In 2009, the Saints began competing in cross-country, softball and basketball. In 2014, OLLU added two more sports — baseball and track and field. There are now 13 intercollegiate athletic teams at OLLU. All athletic alumni and up to two family members will receive free admission to basketball and volleyball games throughout the season. Baseball is not included in this special offer. All other home games are free and open to the public.