SAN ANTONIO — Behind a 1-under par round of 71, Jordan Weir became the medalist at the America Sky Conference Championship on Wednesday. Weir shot 72-70-71-213 to win the event by one stroke and becomes the second consecutive Hornet to win the individual title, following Cameron Rappleye in 2012.
As a team, Sacramento State continued to play well but was unable to overcome a large first round deficit. The Hornets shot 304-284-289-877 to finish in fourth place. Houston Baptist, which led after the opening round, rallied to win the team title at 282-300-289-871. Southern Utah (874) was second and Utah Valley (875) was third.
"We beat ourselves during the first round but its hard to be upset with the way we played during the final two rounds," Sacramento State men's head coach Christopher Hall said. "It was just too much to charge back from and I think we ran out of gas at the end of the round today."
Weir and senior Ryan Williams provided the punch for Sacramento State on Wednesday. Williams shot 68 and finished the tournament tied for fifth place at even par. Jordan Swanson, Owen Taylor and Aaron Beverly each shot 75 during the final round.
Weir entered the 18th even before birdying the par-5 to win the tournament. His second shot found him, 260 yards out with water on the left. Instead of laying up, he hit a 3-wood pin high and was able to convert the birdie with a chip and putt.
His day began with three pars. He then birdied the par-4 fourth but bogeyed the par-4 sixth. Birdies on the par-3 eighth and par-4 10th took him to 2-under through 10 holes. A pair of bogeys on Nos. 11 and 12 returned him to even where he stayed until the final hole. The victory was the first of the El Dorado Hills, Calif., native's collegiate career and the 213 was his second best 54-hole total.
"Jordan had very solid play throughout the tournament," Hall said. "He made his round today look easy."
Williams was 1-over through three holes after a bogey on the par-4 second. However, he made the turn at 2-under with birdies on Nos. 4, 7 and 9. After three pars started his back nine, Williams was able to hole out on the par-4 13th for an eagle. On that hole, he was 135 yards out with a tree in his line. He hooked the ball about 35 yards where it landed on the green and rolled in. Williams then birdied the par-4 14th to drop to 5-under par but gave the stroke back with a bogey on the par-3 15th. Following a par, he birdied 17 and bogeyed 18.
Owen Taylor tied for 18th overall after shooting 76-71-75-222. Taylor was 3-over at the turn with two birdies, three pars, three bogeys and a double bogey. He had a birdie and two bogeys in his first five holes on the back side but rallied with three pars and a birdie on the par-3 17th.
Jordan Swanson had an adventurous start to his third round with a double bogey on the first hole and a birdie on the second. Three pars came before a bogey on No. 6 and a birdie on the seventh. After knocking in a 25-foot uphill put for an eagle on the par-5 ninth, Swanson was 1-under at the midway point of his round. Three pars kept him there before he bogeyed five of the next six holes to take him to 3-over. Swanson wrapped up the tournament tied for 27th place.
Aaron Bevely recorded his second straight round of 75 and finished tied for 37th. He had two birdies (Nos. 3 and 11) and two bogeys through 17 holes. However, his round turned on the final hole where he had a triple bogey.
AMERICAN SKY CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Dominion CC | San Antonio, Texas
Par 72 | 6,936 Yards
1. Houston Baptist 282-300-289-871
2. Southern Utah 296-285-293-874
3. Utah Valley 291-298-286-875
4. SACRAMENTO STATE 304-284-289-877
5. Northern Colorado 294-294-292-880
6. Hartford 301-292-297-890
7. Binghamton 298-303-299-900
T8. Texas-Pan American 312-300-297-909
T8. CSU Bakersfield 310-295-304-909
10. Weber State 308-299-306-913
11. North Dakota 317-313-307-937
12. Chicago State 340-349-348
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Jordan Weir, SAC, 72-70-71-213
2. Preston Stanley, HBU, 70-74-70-214
T3. Hudson Hansard, HBU, 69-74-72-215
T3. Ben Krueger, NC, 72-72-71-215
T5. Ryan Williams, SAC, 77-71-68-216
T5. Mason Casper, UVU, 74-71-71-216
T5. Jake Holt, SUU, 72-73-71-216
T5. Dan Yustin, HART, 76-70-70-216
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
1. Jordan Weir 72-70-71-213
T5. Ryan Williams 77-71-68-216
T18. Owen Taylor 76-71-75-222
T27. Jordan Swanson 79-72-75-226
T37. Aaron Beverly 80-75-75-230