February 22, 2013
CEDAR HILL, Texas, February 22, 2013 –The University of Houston-Victoria Golf Tournament at Victoria Country Club was attended by a host of ranked teams including Texas Wesleyan (1), Oklahoma City (2), CSU San-Marcos (3), Our Lady of the Lake (12), Grand View (16), Lubbock Christian (17) and Wayland Baptist (20).
Coach Belfield explained, "This is the start of three tournaments in a row that are extremely strong. We are a program that loves to play the best tournaments with the best competition; this is certainly one of them!"
The first round started in chilly conditions with a stiff breeze. The Knights found themselves third after a first round scoring 298. Led by a stellar 72 by Joss Gosling, the Knights were in contention from the outset.
The second round brought much higher scores as the wind picked up and the temperature dropped. The Knights grounded home a score of 310 to lie in fourth place overnight.
Coach Belfield said, "I was really proud of the way the guys fought today. The greens are tough at the best of times but they were simply brutal when combined with this wind. We didn't play great the second round but all the guys dug in for every shot, as a result we are four shots behind the leaders. It's going to be a fun round tomorrow!"
The third round brought rain and even more wind! After a back and forth battle with a number of teams, the Knights finished strong. Joss Gosling led the tournament from start to finish for his first collegiate win.
Coach Belfield said, "Wow, what a day! To come here and beat the field we have is exceptional. I know this team is good but we are proving every time we play that we are as good as anybody in the nation. We really fought hard for the first fourteen holes and we finished extremely well. This is the first one; we expect to play at the same or a higher level for the rest of the season."
Led by Joss Gosling first (72-73-73), Carter Caldwell placed seventeenth with 74-80-74, Jeremy Novakowski & Derek Trofimczuk (T23rd & T28th 77-79-74 & 75-78-78) and Daniel Stoakes (T31st 77-81-74).