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April 28, 2014

Clem finishes second at LSC tournament

HORSESHOE BAY — C.J. Clem finished second overall and the A&M-Commerce Lions advanced to the finals of medal-match play before falling to Cameron, 4-1, at the Lone Star Conference Championships at the Ram Rock Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Clem’s second-place finish is the highest finish by a Lion since Pinkey Hartline took the tournament title in 2008. He started off the day four shots off the lead after an opening-round 75, but fired matching 74s in a semifinal medal-match win over West Texas A&M’s Ethan Peterson, ad in the finals vs Cameron’s Cullen Stahl to win that match by eight shots.

Marcus Sanna, the tournament leader after the opening round on Monday, finished in fourth place individually at 17 over par, while Hagan Wood and Kason Childress each posted top-10 finishes – Wood ending in sixth, and Childress in eighth.

The Lions advanced to the championship match with a 4-1 win over West Texas A&M, concluding the round Tuesday morning after the semifinal was delayed overnight due to inclement weather in the area on Monday evening. That dealt them a meeting with the Aggies, who secured each of the first three matches to finish to capture the league crown.

Clem picked up the only point of the match for the Lions, over blowing by Cullen Stahl by eight shots (74-82), scoring a pair of birdies on both the front and back nine. Marcus Sanna nearly pulled out a point for the Lions, but fell to Dylan McClure by a shot after a double bogey on the 17th hole of the round.

Michael Kelly picked up a point for the Aggies with a 12-shot win over Mitchell Ray (76-88), while Corey Bounds fired a 77 to get past Kason Childress by five shots.

Wood scored four birdies on the day, including three straight on Nos. 12, 13 and 14; however, a pair of triple bogeys and a double bogey also marked his card and allowed Bradley Ferrell to get by him (74-79), despite Ferrell not scoring a birdie after the first hole of the round.

In the early match against the Buffs, it was Mitchell Ray picking up a point for the Lions with a one-stroke win over the Buffs’ Carson Greathouse, (80-81), parring out on the final six holes while a double bogey for Greathouse on No. 16 gave Ray the ultimate advantage.

Childress also scored a point with an eight-shot win over Dylan Rodrques (75-83), doing so with a flurry on the final four holes. The sophomore played the final four holes one under par on his way to the clubhouse, sandwiching an eagle at the par-4 15th and a birdie on 18 around a pair of bogeys on 16 and 17.

In the tightest match of the morning, it was freshman Wood securing a point by holding off Brandel Woodman (72-74), scoring on a pair of birdies to shoot one under par on the back nine.

Clem scored the final point of the morning for the Lions, rolling by Ethan Peterson (74-91) after shooting an even-par 35 on his way into the clubhouse.

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