BILOXI, Miss. – The No. 10/23 Mississippi State’s men’s golf team finished third at the Fallen Oak Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday. The Bulldogs’ have now finished inside the top three in three of their four tournaments this season. State finished 1-over par for the tournament and trailed only No. 2 Auburn and No. 3 Ole Miss.
“I’m obviously disappointed in how we finished today,” said MSU Head Coach Dusty Smith. “We had a solid round going, but we didn’t finish like we know how to do. In golf, you have to be locked in the entire round.”
Josep Serra paced the Bulldogs for a second straight day, shooting 2-under par and finishing tied for third individually. Serra shot 6-under for the tournament and finished just two strokes back of the eventual winner. His third-place finish marks the best finish of his Division I career and is tied for his overall best collegiate finish. Serra carded three birdies and shot a bogey-free back nine to close out the tournament.
Alejandro Fierro carded the Bulldogs’ second-lowest round of the afternoon. He shot three birdies and his second career eagle en route to the lowest round of his collegiate career, a 1-under 71.
Harrison Davis joined Serra as one of two Bulldogs to finish inside the top 20. He shot two birdies on the back nine to finish tied for 20th at 3-over for the tournament. Garrett Endicott excelled on the front nine to open the day, carding three consecutive birdies on Nos. 4-6. He finished the front nine with a 2-under 34, his lowest nine-hole total of the tournament, but went 4-over par on the final three holes.
“We need to own how we finished and get better from it,” Smith continued. “As long as we are learning, then we will keep on growing. I have a lot of belief in this group and know we will continue to be humble and hungry in our pursuit up the mountain.”
Mississippi State will now turn its attention to its final fall tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Bulldogs will compete at the Kapolei Invitational on Oct. 31–Nov. 2.