What a year it was for Louisiana golf.
The Louisiana Ragin Cajuns wrapped up their season earlier this week in the Normal Regional of the NCAA Golf Tournament at Jimmie Austin Golf Club, finishing the event in 13th position.
However, this season must be viewed as a success. For the first time since 2007, the Cajuns captured the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Golf Championship, which was also just the fourth title in school history. That championship earned them the right for an NCAA Regional appearance for the second time under Head Coach Theo Sliman, their first since 2012.
“The exciting thing is that of the six guys that we have here, only one of them is a senior,” said head coach Theo Sliman. “So we have five of these guys returning next year along with other guys returning and our large freshman class. This needs to be the expectation.”
The future looks very bright with Malan Potgieter and Eli Ortego both finishing in the top 20 individually. Charlie Flynn capped off his career with a T61 finish, Matt Webber finished T67 and Jake Marler finished T70.
Louisiana finished with a +9 297 in the first round led by a one-under performance from Potgieter. Tuesday was a better round for the Cajuns, shooting a +2 290 as a team with a three-under performance from Ortego. Then Wednesday was their best finish as a team, shooting one under with Potgeiter shooting a three-under 69 and Ortego at a two-under 70.
Louisiana will now shift its focus to the offseason, full of rest, preparation, recruiting, and more as they get ready for the fall golf season that is just a few months away.