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Cowboy Roundup: McNeese men's golf schedule announced

Last Modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:39 PM

Special to the American Press

Second-year McNeese men’s golf head coach Austin Burk announced his team’s fall and spring golf schedule. It features trips to New York, Colorado and Florida as well as reviving the traditional McNeese Moe O’Brien tournament in the spring.

The Cowboys’ roster will feature six new players, five of those freshmen. They will play a six-match fall schedule and a five-match spring slate, not including the Southland Conference Championships in late April.

McNeese will open the season Sept. 1 at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate in Verona, N.Y., in a tournament hosted by the University of Missouri and will be played at the Turning Stone Resort-Kaluhyat Golf Club.

It is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. course and was ranked one of the Top 100 Best Resort Courses by Golfweek in 2010.

They’ll play the Ram Masters Invitational, hosted by Colorado State, on Sept. 16-17 and play Louisville’s tournament the following week.

They’ll follow that playing the Houston Baptist Huskies Intercollegiate Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and the La. Tech Jim Rivers Intercollegiate Oct. 21-22.

McNeese closes its fall schedule Oct. 28-29 when it hosts the Quail Valley Intercollegiate played at the Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach, Florida. The club pro at Quail Valley is former McNeese golf coach Don Meadows.

The spring schedule kicks off Feb. 17-18 at the Rice Intercollegiate with the two-day event played at the Westwood Golf Course.

The Moe O’Brien Intercollegiate, which was resurrected last fall, has been moved back to the spring slate and will be played Feb. 24-25 at the Lake Charles Country Club.

March 14-15, McNeese travels to Laredo, Texas to play at the Border Olympics at the Laredo Country Club then visits Little Rock March 24-25 to play in the UALR-First Tee Classic.The spring schedule concludes with the Jim West Intercollegiate hosted by Texas State on April 7-8 followed by the SLC Championships April 21-23 at Stonebridge Country Club.

Track athletes earn academic honors

For the third straight year, the McNeese track and field team topped the Southland Conference in athletes named to the Division I Women’s Track & Field All-Academic Team, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Cowgirls had three student-athletes named to the team — Jasmine Cornelius, Paige Lynch and Jasmine Webb.

On the men’s side, the Cowboys also placed three on the team to top the league — Alex Bruce-Littlewood, Stephen Eccles and Jarrett LeBlanc.

McNeese’s six student-athletes on the squad tied LSU for the most selections in the state.

Bruce-Littlewood, who was named the league’s cross country male student-athlete of the year, compiled a 3.45 GPA and is currently working on his master’s degree in environmental science. Eccles had a 3.45 GPA in chemical engineering while LeBlanc posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in exercise science.

Cornelius and Lynch each posted 3.48 GPAs, both in biological sciences, while Webb had a 3.43 GPA in business management.

“This is a true testament to how hard our student-athletes work on and off the field of competition,” said track head coach Brendon Gilroy. “This is great to be recognized not only for the program but for the university as a whole.”

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