By Matt Thomas Southeastern
October 2, 2013
DURANT, Okla. – For the first time since introducing the Texoma Championship in its current format seven years ago, Southeastern has taken home the top spot in its home tournament on its home course at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club after firing a three round score of 904 on the strength of a final round 296 and pulling away with an 18 stroke victory.
The Savage Storm will waste little time moving on to the next tournament when they travel to Warrensburg, Mo., Oct. 7-8 for the Heart of American Invitational hosted by Central Missouri.
It is the third-straight year SE has won a team tournament title, with head coach Don Hudson being the only golf coach in the grogram’s history to guide the team to multiple tournament victories, with this being his third since taking over in 2010.
Matt McIntosh paced the Storm around the 7,085 yard, par-72 course on the shores of Lake Texoma, firing a final round 74 to go with a 75 and a 73 on day one to finish third, three shots off the lead with a 222.
For the first time this season SE had a pair of top-five finishers as Marcos Sevilla Suarez finished tied for fifth after a final round of even par 72 to finish with a 227 overall.
Jeff Hunter also posted a better final round number, turning in a 74 and carding a three-round 229 to finish tied for eighth.
Ash Alstadt was also consistent on the tourney, firing rounds of 77, 78 and 76 to finish tied for 11th with a 231.
Greyden Blevins rounded out the five-man team with a final round 78 to card a three-round 235 and finish 20th.
When SE’s individuals were factored in, the Storm finished with five players in the top-10, with Mason Horner turning in an eighth place finish after a final round 77 helped him finish with a 229 overall.
Joey Schroeder fired an even-par 72 on Tuesday and finished a shot behind with a 230 on the event in 10th place.
Robert Perry had a rough final round, but in all bounced back from a tough second tournament last time out and fired a three-round 231 and finished tied for 11th.
McIntosh was the event’s most consistent golfer, posting an event-high 39 par scores in 54 holes, while Hunter was second highest with 36. In all five SE golfers posted 30-or-more par scores.
McIntosh was also in the top-five for the two days in par three and par four scoring, while Blevins was second in par five scoring at minus-two.
Sevilla turned in the team’s only eagle, while Schroeder had a team-best nine birdies.
Southern Nazarene’s Mike Hearne won the event with a 219 on rounds of 72, 75 and 72, while Zac Oliver of Paris JC was second at 221, one shot ahead of McIntosh who finished third.
SE’s 296 in the final round was the only sub-300 team score on the event.
Paris JC was second on the event behind SE after carding a 309 on Tuesday and finishing with a 922.
Southern Arkansas was in third at 931 after a final round of 311, with Rogers State at 933 in fourth and Missouri Southern State slipping to fifth with a 934.
SNU, despite having the individual champion, finished sixth with a 936m while East Central turned in a 955 to finish seventh and Arkansas-Monticello rounded out the competitors with a 956.