Campbell wins Border Olympics with three individuals in top 11

2017 Border Olympics Team Champion (from left): Assistant Coach Matt Moot, Max Theodorakis, Ray Kraivixien, Brett McLamb, Thomas La Morte, Jesper Svensson.
2017 Border Olympics Team Champion (from left): Assistant Coach Matt Moot, Max Theodorakis, Ray Kraivixien, Brett McLamb, Thomas La Morte, Jesper Svensson.

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LAREDO, TEXAS – With three golfers among the top 11 individuals, Campbell won team honors Saturday at the Border Olympics.

Jesper Svensson tied for second, Brett McLamb tied for sixth and Max Theodorakis tied for 11th for Campbell, which was 11-under par for the day and finished five strokes ahead of host and 52nd-ranked Houston.

The Camels amassed a two-day total of 559 strokes (17-under) following and opening round 282 with a 277 Saturday in the event that was shortened to 36 holes due to thunderstorms Friday afternoon.

Svensson and McLamb and Theodorakis all set collegiate best finishes as the Camels won their second tournament of 2016-17 and claimed the team's sixth top-five performance in eight outings.  The victory was the 50th for the Campbell men's golf team under the direction of 27th-year head coach John Crooks, who has now amassed 130 career tournament coaching wins combined between the Campbell men and women.

Svensson (70-66—136) finished one stroke behind individual medalist Mike Colgate of Nebraska (66-69—135).  The 2016 Big South Conference freshman of the year, Svensson tied for the event lead with 11 birdies, while finishing third in par-4 scoring (-4) and tied for sixth on the par-3 holes (-1).  He played a bogey-free final round on the par-72, 7125-yard Laredo Country Club layout, finishing each since 3-under.

Svensson's final round 66 and runner-up finish bettered his previous career performances at the 2016 Big South Conference Championship, where he shot a 67 and finished fourth.

Campbell's two freshmen in the lineup, McLamb and Theodorakis, finished a combined eight under par over 36 holes.  A native of nearby Coats, N.C., McLamb was 3-over after his first 3 holes Saturday, but reeled off six birdies, plus an eagle on the 570-yard, par-five 13th hole.  He tied for sixth at five-under 139 (73-66), surpassing his previous best collegiate finish by 34 places. McLamb tied for fourth in the field in par-4 scoring (-3) and tied for eighth with nine birdies.

Theodorakis tied for 11th at 3-under 141 (68-73) after a final round that included four birdies. A native of Danbury, Conn., Theodorakis tied for seventh in the field in par-4 scoring (-2) and tied for eighth with nine birdies.

Junior Thomas La Morte tied for 46th at 2-over 146 (74-72). The native of Demarest, N.J., bogeyed his first hole of the day; then finished with 16 pars and a birdie.  His 28 pars over 36 holes tied for fourth in the 100-golfer field. Sophomore Ray Kraivixien tied for 81st (71-81—152). 

Border Olympics
Laredo CC / Laredo, Texas
Mar. 10-11, 2017 / Par 72, 7125 Yards

Final Team Results: 1. Campbell 282-277—559, 2. Houston 278-286—564, 3. Texas-San Antonio 283-282—565, 4. Bowling Green 285-286—571, T5. Little Rock 283-290—573, T5. McNeese State 285-288—573, T7. Louisiana-Monroe 283-291—574, T7. Stephen F. Austin 282-292—574, 9. UTEP 288-287—575, T10. Sacramento State 282-297—579, T10. Nebraska 285-294—579, 12. New Mexico State 290-290—580, 13. Louisiana-Lafayette 291-292—583, 14. Texas State 294-293—587, 15. Sam Houston State 299-291—590, 16. Lamar 298-293—591, T17. Rice 295-299—594, T17. Houston Baptist 293-301—594, 19. Oral Roberts 299-297—596.

Final Individual Leaders: 1. Mike Colgate (Nebraska) 66-69—135, T2. Jesper Svensson (Campbell) 70-66—136, T2. Max Rispler (Bowling Green) 69-67—136, T4. Michael Perras (Houston) 68-70—138, T4. Noah Tullos (Little Rock) 67-71—138.

Other Campbell Individuals: T6. Brett McLamb 73-66—139, T11. Max Theodorakis 68-73—141, T46. Thomas La Morte 74-72-146, T81. Ray Kraivixien 71-81—152.