POTTSBORO, Texas -- Wichita State sophomore Judd Easterling fired a 5-under-par 67 over the final 18 holes to earn medalist honors and lead the Shocker men's golf team to its second team championship in three tournaments during the month of March.
The Shockers pulled away in the final round defeating second place Oral Roberts by 22 strokes. WSU finished the event with an 881 (302-294-285) aggregate score to ORU's 903 (302-303-298) on the par 72, 6,993-yard Tangelwood Resort Golf Club.
Easterling's 67 was a season-low round, bettering his second-round score of 69 set at the Baylor Invitational on Oct. 28, 2002. He finished with a 2-under 214 for the 54-hole tournament (75-72-67). Easterling, who won medalist honors for the first time in his collegiate career, bested fellow Shocker senior Julien Trudeau, the first day leader of the tournament and Oral Roberts' Andreas Christensson.
Trudeau and Christensson tied for runner-up with a three-round score of 219 with Trudeau recording rounds of 71, 75 and 73, while Christensson posted a 75 on the opening 18 holes and finished the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 72.
The Shockers had two other members of its five-man team, senior Jason Novascone and junior Jonathan May finish in the top 10 of the leaderboard. Novascone placed fifth overall in the field of 74 participants. He fired a score of 224 (74-77-73) while May followed Novascone in sixth place, one stroke behind at 225 (79-74-72). Rounding out the team for WSU is sophomore Ty Cline who is finished the tournament tied for 28th (78-81-75=234).
The Shockers also had one player, junior Juan Hoyos, who is competed as an individual. Hoyos turned in the best score among five players competing as individuals, recording a three-round score of 230 (77-79-74) to place in a tied for 13th overall in the field.
WSU returns to the links next Monday and Tuesday, April 7-8, when the Shockers play host to the 29th Annual Diet Pepsi/Shocker Classic at Reflection Ridge Golf Course in Wichita. The 54-hole event will feature a 12-team field. Action begins with 36 holes to be played on Mon., and the final 18 on Tues., starting with a shotgun start at 8:30 A.M. each day.