Bussieres leads South Alabama to victory

Led by Marc-Etienne Bussieres, South Alabama hung on Tuesday to win the Memphis Intercollegiate.

Bussieres, a senior from Quebec, Canada, shot rounds of 71-69-67 at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn., to finish at 9-under 207 and win the individual title by 10 shots. It was the second college victory for Bussieres, whose 54-hole total set a tournament record.

The Jaguars, No. 111 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, closed with a 5-over 293 to hold off hard-charging Arkansas Little Rock, which shot a tournament-low 283 in the final round. South Alabama finished at 18-over 882, five shots ahead of No. 107 UALR.

No. 129 Southern Mississippi finished third at 30-over 894.

“Patience was the key. When a golf course plays as hard as this one does, you’re going to have difficulty somewhere throughout the round,” South Alabama coach Ben Hannan said. “How you respond to that makes all the difference, and when you look at the whole group – even Marc, who was over par twice during the first two rounds – they handled those phases.”

For the event, Bussieres made 19 birdies, including eight in his second-round 69. His first collegiate victory came at the Palmer’s Toyota Fall Intercollegiate, the Jaguars’ season-opening event in 2008.

South Alabama opened the season with a ninth-place showing Sept. 28 at the Mason Rudolph Championship and followed with a T-6 at the Squire Creek Intercollegiate.

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