Monday, September 21, 2015

Scottish champion MacIntyre No 1 in US 

college rankings after 14-under-par victory

Editor: Robert MacIntyre from Oban and Duncan McNeill from Annan are, we think, both in this picture of the winning McNeese State University team. If you can identify them, please Email the information to

Coming off a college-record setting win at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate, the McNeese State University  golf team - "The Cowboys" - are ranked No. 2 by GolfWeek in United States men's university golf.
Spearheaded by Scottish amateur champion, the left-handed Robert MacIntyre, 19, from Oban, the Cowboys won the Southern Mississippi tourney by 15 strokes after setting a school record, three-round score of 829 (273-276-280) to finish at 23-under par, 15 strokes ahead of runners-up. Louisiana-Lafayette
In addition to the team ranking, secon-year student MacIntyre, who won the Scottish title at Muirfield during the summer, is  No. 1 in the US college nation individual rankings with a 66.41 rating.
Glencruitten GC member MacIntyre placed first on the individual leaderboard - is first USA college victory, at the Sam Hall tourney with a school-record three round score of 199 to finish at 14-under par. He shot rounds of 66, 68 and 65 to win the title by three strokes. 

+McNeese State University is based at Lake Charles, Louisiana.

MacIntyre cruise to titles at Sam Hall tourney

  From McNeese State University website
HATTIESBURG – Three years ago, Austin Burk took the course for the very first time as McNeese's head coach at the Sam Hall Invitational and watched his Cowboys finish 15th out of 15 teams in the event.

Fast forward to September 2015 and  Burk, pictured right with Robert MacIntyre, witnessed just how far he has brought the Cowboys as he watched his team complete a dominating performance to win the event by 15 strokes with a 23-under score of 829, led by Scottish second-year student Bob MacIntyre who took the individual title with a 14-under 199 in the three rounds.
"This was a great team win," said Burk. "It's a nice way to start the new college golf year."
MacIntyre capped the day with the event's best round of all golfers with a 6-under 65 to beat out Sam Houston State's Andrew Ertel by three strokes.
"I've very happy for MacIntyre on his individual title," said Burk. "He continues to impress me each week.
MacIntyre appeared to be on cruise control the entire third round. After pars on the first two holes of play, he birdied four of the next seven holes to make the turn at 4-under. He then carded birdies on 12, 15 and 17 to get to 7-under for the day until a bogey on No. 18 brought him back down to 6-under.
Another Scot, 6ft 4in freshman Duncan McNeill from Annan ended the third day with a 3-over 74 and was 3-over for the tournament with a 216
"We will enjoy this one then get back to work," said Burk. "It's early in the year and I plan to change the line-up some for the next one (tournament). The team should feel great about this win but we have to keep working on the small things."
A third Scot on the McNeese State roster is freshman Niall McMullen, also well over 6ft tall, from Lochgelly, Fife.
Louisiana-Lafayette finished second behind the Cowboys on the team leaderboard with an 8-under 844 followed by Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, and Arkansas-Little Rock tied with UTSA for fifth to round out the top five.
The Cowboys will be back in action Sept. 26-28 at the Jackrabbit Invitational hosted by South Dakota State and played at the Prairie Club Dunes Course in Valentine, Nebraska.

Team Scoring: 1. McNeese 829; 2. Louisiana-Lafayette 844; 3. Louisiana Tech 845; 4. Mississippi State 852; T5. Arkansas-Little Rock 853; T5. UTSA 853; 7. Southeastern Louisiana 860; 8. Sam Houston State 862; 9. Arkansas State 865; T10. Southern Mississippi 867; T10. Middle Tennessee State 867; 12. Rice 870; 13. South Alabama 875; 14. Louisiana-Monroe 890; 15. Jackson State 945.

McNeese Individual Scores: 1. Bob MacIntyre 66-68-65 – 199 (-14); T4. Andreas Krokeide 67-69-68 – 204 (-9); 11. Martin Eriksson 67-70-73 – 210 (-3); T29. Duncan McNeill 73-69-74 – 216 (+3); T79, Nolan Timon 85-76-77 – 238 (+25).