MOBILE, Ala. - Mississippi State's men's golf team entered Tuesday's final round of the Callis Communications Intercollegiate seven shots back of 36-hole leader Southeastern Louisiana, but scorched the Azalea City Golf Course for an 11-under par 277 to win the event by four shots. State finished the event at 20-under par.
"This makes it two times in a row that we have won here, this is a totally different team," said MSU head coach Clay Homan. "We really played well today. The guys showed a lot of maturity out there."
The win by Homan's squad came on the same course that the last State won an event. State claimed the 2005 Homewood Suites Intercollegiate at the par 72 course although no individual from that squad played in the 54-hole event. It also marks the second time that MSU won both the team and individual titles. Sophomore Matt Fast earned his first tournament win as a Bulldog with a 20-foot birdie on No. 18 to seal the win for the Hattiesburg, Miss. native. Former MSU standout Joe Deraney won the individual title at the 2005 Homewood Suites Intercollegiate.
"I got off to a good start today and finished it with a 20-foot birdie for the win," said Fast. "It was a great team effort in getting the win. Everyone knew we could shoot low and we went out there and did that."
Fast led the way for the Bulldogs with career-best a 5-under par round of 67. Three other MSU linksters finished with 2-under par 70's on the final day. Sophomores Noah Goldman and Carlos Sainz, Jr. along with senior Greg Huxman finished up the team scorecard. Logan Young fired an even-par round of 72 while Brian Mason registered a 73 to conclude his first event of 2006.
The tournament total score of 844 is the best 54-hole performance by State since the 2000 Gator Invitational. The three-round total ranks third-best in MSU school history.
State finished four shots ahead of the Lions of Southeastern Louisiana while host South Alabama placed third in the 12-team event.
State will take a week off from competitive action before traveling to Cordova, Tenn. for the Memphis Intercollegiate on Oct. 2-3 at Colonial Country Club.