Keur Ties for 17th Overall at NCAA Baton Rouge Regional

May 17, 2017


BATON ROUGE, La. - R.J. Keur of the UAB men’s golf team shot one under on the final day of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional to move up 16 places and finish in a tie for 17th overall at The University Club on the campus of LSU.

Keur’s top 20 finish caps a stellar first year donning the Green and Gold for the junior mid-year addition. Keur was a First Team All-Conference USA performer and led UAB in four of the seven team tournaments the Blazers played in this spring.  

“R.J. played very well today and it was great to see him finish the NCAA Regional strong after a tough second round,” head coach Mike Wilson said. “He showed tremendous resiliency today which concluded an outstanding year. I am excited to see what R.J. will do for us next year as a senior.”  

His one under on the final 18 holes helped him shoot +6 for the tournament on the par 72 course (74-77-71 = 222, +6).  

Keur was the top finisher of the five individual golfers selected to the Baton Rouge Regional, but failed to advance to the NCAA National Championship Tournament. Keur would have had to of been the top overall finisher not on one of the five advancing teams. Mason Overstreet of Arkansas claimed that honor by shooting +2 overall.

The five teams who advanced out of the Baton Rouge Regional and onto NCAA Nationals at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., are LSU (+2), Duke (+10), Oregon (+15), Virginia (+17) and Jacksonville (+19, defeated Northwestern in a playoff).

Individually, Sam Burns of LSU led the tournament wire-to-wire to claim top honors at four under, but had to hold off Whndham Clark of Oregon who finished one stroke behind him at -3. Burns had a five stoke lead on Whndham entering the final 18 holes, but shot three over on the day, while Whndham was one under on the final 18.

Like yesterday, Keur started on the back nine and showed his mental toughness by shooting one under on 10 and 11 a day after going +4 on those two holes.

He played his first nine holes at even par, and shot one under on the final nine holes with birdies on three, five and six, and bogeys on two and seven.

Keur qualifying for Baton Rouge marked the seventh straight year the Blazers have had representation at NCAA Regionals.