SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 14, 2017) — Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's golf dropped from sixth place to a seventh place finish in the 2017 James S. Litz Memorial sponsored by the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). The tournament took place at the Republic Golf Course.
Head Coach Alan E. Baxter commented, "It was a tough day for the Saints. While we beat [NCAA] D1 teams, we are still disappointed, but not down. We lost our No. 1 player and our leader Christopher Schriedel (SR/Helotes, Texas) to an injury. He had terrible back spasms, so he had to withdraw. Because of the great work of our trainers, he was able to play yesterday. We have a great support staff, so kudos to our trainers, Corey Beechner and Casey Hebenstreit. Chris just couldn't go today. With one short, we struggled. The second team did well, but they also lost a player due to injury - Jon Ybarra. Kane Ybarra (FR/San Antonio, Texas) had a wonderful performance coming in tied for fourth overall. He struggled on the greens, but he is close to winning one soon. We will work hard, and we hope to learn from all of this. Our trainers will work on Chris, and we will see how he recuperates. We hope he can play in Victoria this coming weekend. All in all, we will take some positives. We are proud of UIW for winning. We root for each other. They beat Oklahoma City University [No.1 in the NAIA], which goes to show they can be beat. We face them again at the San Antonio Shootout later this month."
UIW stayed on top to win the tournament with a 15-over 867 (291/284/292). Oklahoma City University finished at second place at 869 (288/292/289), followed by Schreiner University at 887 (295/297/295), Western Texas College at 889 (299/296/294), Abilene Christian University at 890 (295/299/296) and Odessa College at 896 (298/303/295).
The Saints shot a first round 297, second round 301 and a third round 300 for an overall 898.
Kane Ybarra led the Saints with a 5-over par 215 (70/73/72). He was followed by Stevan Hinojosa (JR/Mission, Texas) at 231 (74/78/79), Rafael Jauregui (JR/Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico) at 232 (82/76/74) and Jeremy Gordon at 235 (77/83/75).
Ybarra finished in a tie for fourth place overall with UIW's Caden Wylie.
Following OLLU was University of New Orleans - 906 (311/305/290), Alabama State University - 906 (308/296/302) and Oklahoma Wesleyan University - 908 (302/305/301).
OLLU's B Team finished in 11th place at 934 for a first round 308, second round 313 and third round 313.
The B Team for OLLU was led by David Ray Jr. (FR/San Antonio, Texas) who tied for 28th place. He shot a first round 79, a second round 71 and a final round of 76 for an overall 226. He was followed by Jonah Guajardo (FR/San Antonio, Texas) at 232 (75/82/75), Merrick Ramos (SR/Helotes, Texas) - 157 (81/76/77) and Taylor Kucia (SO/McAllen, Texas) - 259 (87/87/85).
Following the OLLU B Team was Texas Southern University - 937 (310/311/316), the University of St. Thomas - 953 (318/313/322) and Prairie View A&M University - 982 (332/325/325).
The Saints will travel next to Victoria, Texas, to participate in the Claud Jacobs Invitational hosted by the University of Houston-Victoria on Feb. 19-20. After that, the Saints will cohost with Oklahoma City University the San Antonio Shootout on Feb. 27-28 at TPC San Antonio.
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.