Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 4, 2013

College Golf: Hance thrusts JC Jag linksters to 4th-place finish in LeTourneau Spring Classic

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

LONGVIEW — Matt Hance, a freshman from Montgomery, Texas, turned in sizzling rounds of 73 and 71, respectively, to finish in fourth place in the individual standings of the LeTourneau Spring Classic, which concluded Tuesday at Pinecrest County Club in Longview.

Hance finished just three strokes behind the winner, Zach Cabra (St. Thomas of Houston), who ended the tourney at 141.

Hance's efforts helped propel the Jaguar linksters to a fifth-place finish in the field of 10 schools.

JC, who is coached by T. Lynn Nabi, was the only two-year school competing in the field.

St. Thomas finished first in the team standings, coming in at 592.

Next was the Patriots from UT-Tyler (594), followed by UT-Dallas and Louisiana College, who both tied for third at 611.

Other participants were: Texas A&M-Texarkana (619), Oklahoma Wesleyan (621), Mississippi College (627), Texas A&M International (634) and LeTourneau (658).

JC's MJ Ghene, who prepped at nearby Troup, wound up T10 (76-75 — 151).

Trey Manis ended his run at 157 (T27), followed by Will Langston (T38, 161) and Brandon Burkhart (43rd, 164).

“I think that this tournament was a good way for us to gain some confidence before regionals,” Nabi said. “I think Matt (Hance) did a fine job in finishing fourth overall. He really played solid over the final 18 holes.”

For the record, Hance carded an eagle and four birdies during the tournament.   

The Jag linksters will be back in action beginning on Monday when they open play in the NJCAA Texas State Championships in Lipan.

Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday, followed by 18 on Tuesday.

NOTES: The JC women finished fourth out of five schools...Molly Franks (Sherman, sophomore) shot rounds of 83 and 88, respectively, to finished in eighth place at 171...Next was Sydney Cash (14th, 188) and Katie Lamond (21st, 196)...Megan Moore (23rd, 216) and Lauren Hull (26th, 227) completed the order of finish for the Lady Jags...Katherine Bunting of Tyler Junior College was medalist on the women's side...She wound up at 154 (78, 76)...TJC also won the team standings, coming in at 652...Hardin-Simmons (716) and Texas A&M International (755) were the other teams that finished ahead of the Lady Jags.