SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. - The UALR men's golf team fired an even-par 288 in the final round of the Cardinal Intercollegiate on Tuesday to place fourth at the 15-team event. Senior Nicklaus Benton carded a 72 in the final round at the par-72 7,036-yard Cardinal Club to take second place, while sophomore Alfred Kerstis fired a 71 over the final 18 holes to earn a share of third.
UALR entered the final round in fifth place, but moved up on Tuesday by matching Louisville for the lowest round of the day. The host Cardinals took home the team title with a six-under par 858 total (291-279-288), finishing nine strokes up on second-place Bowling Green (867). The Falcons led the event after 36 holes, but dropped back to second after posting an 11-over par 299 in the final round. Murray State took third place at four-over par 868, with the Trojans finishing three shots back at seven-over par 871 (291-292-288).
BGSU's Wes Gates shot a 72 in the final round to finish at seven-under par 209 (70-67-72) and claim medalist honors. Benton, who won the event in 2011, finished three shots back of Gates at four-under par 212 (69-71-72). Kerstis was one of only six players to break par in the final round, which allowed him to finish in a four-way tie for third place at three-under par 213 (73-69-71).
UALR sophomore Colby Benton was third on the squad with a five-over par 221 total (72-73-76) to earn a share of 28th place, while juniors Luis Cedeno and Bradley Graham provided counting scores in the final round with a 71 and a 74, respectively. Junior Nick Zimmerman competed in the event as an individual, and tied for 36th place at seven-over par 223 (72-72-79).
The Trojans return to action Oct. 14-16 at the Cabo Collegiate in Los Cabos, Mexico.