March 15, 2008
LAREDO, Texas - Colton Williams shot a final round 70 to finish the three-round tournament at 9-under par to claim individual medalist honors at the Border Olympics at the Laredo Country Club.
Williams led wire to wire, shooting 4-under par in the first round to share the lead after 18 holes. In the second round, Williams fired a 3-under par 69 to hold a two-shot lead after the first day of competition. Williams third-straight round under par earned him the tournament title by seven shots over a trio of players tied for second place.
"Colton had an outstanding week, and it's good to see him win his first tournament," said head coach Greg Priest. "He had the lead at the Rice Intercollegiate after two rounds a couple of weeks ago and had to withdraw after the death of a friend of the family. You never know if you're going to get that chance again, and he took advantage of it. There are a lot of good golfers who have won Border Olympics, so it is good to put his name up with them."
This marks the first collegiate title for Williams, whose previous highest finish came last season at the Louisiana Classics when he tied for fourth overall. His previous low score of his career came this fall, shooting 7-under par at the Turtle Bay Resort Intercollegiate.
"He really played a great tournament," said Priest. "He struck the ball well on both days and he did really well to avoid big numbers. He hit it close on most of the holes, but even when he didn't, he minimized the damage and was able to save par."
The individual title is the second of the year for Baylor. In the Bears' first action of the fall, Wes Williams shot 2-under par to win the Saint Mary's Intercollegiate and help Baylor to the team title.
Baylor shot 296 on Saturday to finish the tournament at 882 in a tie for fourth place overall with UT-Arlington. Arkansas claimed the team title with a three-round score of 867.
Our first round yesterday was pretty rough," said Priest. "Colton and Wes (Williams) really kept us in the hunt. We did a really good job of not panicking, and played pretty solid on the second 18 holes. Today we didn't play great, but we were still able to make up some ground on the leaderboard which we haven't been able to do very well the last couple of weeks."
Wes Williams carded a 75 on Saturday to finish the tournament at 8-over par in a tie for 29th place overall. Cody Paladino also shot 75 to finish in a tie for 35th at 9-over par. Jeff Gerlich finished with a third-round 76 to place 45th overall at 13-over par, while Jeff Campbell shot 79 on Saturday to finish in a tie for 67th at 20-over par.
Bill Allcorn, competing as an individual, shot 74 on Saturday to finish in a tie for 29th overall. Michael McKinley also competed as an individual and carded a third-round 76 to finish in a tie for 50th at 14-over par.
Baylor returns to action March 23-25 as the Bears travel to Awendaw, S.C. to take part in the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate.