On a windy Tuesday afternoon, the Wildcats came from behind to win the UCO/KickingBird Golf Classic.
Although the Wildcats were down by four strokes heading into the final round, they rode on the shoulders of Tyler Sheppard’s under-par round to beat Cameron by six strokes.
“I was trying to stay patient,” Sheppard said. “I didn’t want to make anything worse than a bogey and just limit my mistakes. I putted really well, and a string of birdies in the middle of my round really gave me confidence.”
Sheppard’s 68 was the only under-par round Tuesday; he finished fifth overall. Throughout Tuesday the wind gusted at nearly 40 mph and wreaked havoc on the players drives and putts.
Cyril Bouniol was two strokes off the leader and came in second, firing a 54-hole total of 207. Frosh phenoms Alex and Adam Carpenter tied for 12th and 16th, respectively, in the individual standings.
Alex Carpenter also received high honors from the LSC athletic committee last week when he earned his second LSC Golfer of the Week award.
“It’s a really big honor,” Alex said. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. I am just glad I can help the team out.”
With three wins already this season, Carpenter joins an elite club for ACU golfers. The only other ACU golfer to win three tournaments in a season was Jeev Singh, now a PGA Tour pro. Singh currently holds the record for the most wins in a season with five, but Carpenter has a chance to break that record this season.
ACU currently sits atop the regional rankings, and with the LSC tournament only two weeks away, the Wildcats are hot at the right time.
The Wildcats’ next tournament will be the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament on April 19-20 in Thackerville, Okla. The Wildcats’ previous win this season was at the same course in Thackerville at the Red River Intercollegiate Tournament, and the team hopes to duplicate that February win in a couple of weeks.
“I love the course out there,” Alex said. “I believe our team can really perform well there again.”