September 25, 2007
TULSA, Okla.–Jimmy Willingham shot a final round 70 to finish in a tie for fourth overall as an individual, helping St. Mary’s University to a sixth place finish in the rain-shortened Northeastern State University Men’s Golf Classic, held at the Clary Fields Golf Club.
Willingham (Sr., San Antonio) shot rounds of 71 and 70 to finish the two-round tournament with a one-under par 141. He was one of just two players to shoot back-to-back rounds of par or lower. Matt Salome of Washburn University fired a final round 64 to run away with the individual title. He carded a two-round total of 133 to win by five strokes over Brad Aycock of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Alex Maurer (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) and Preston Akromis (Jr., San Antonio) tied for the second best scores for the Rattlers with identical two-round totals of 150, good for a tie for 39th place overall. Matt Vela (Fr., San Antonio) was 53rd with a 152, while James Grant (So., San Antonio) was 56th with a 153.
Washburn won the team title by 11 strokes over runner-up Southeastern Oklahoma State, 562-573. Host Northeastern State University was third with a 577, while Southwestern Oklahoma State University was fourth with a 581, Missouri Southern State University was fifth with a 587 and St. Mary’s University was sixth with a 588 in the 15-team field.
The Rattlers will return to action on Oct. 22-23 at the Bruce Williams Memorial Invitational, played at the Pecan Valley Country Club.