Swash leads Bulldog golfers in spring opener

James Swash (Photo By Tom Morris)

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

James Swash earned his second straight top-20 finish as an individual in helping lead Louisiana Tech to a tie for eighth place at The Hayt, played at Sawgrass Country Club.

LA Tech headed into the third round on Monday in a tie for fourth after shooting 291 (+3) and 290 (+2) in rounds one and two, respectively. However, the Bulldogs had their woes in the final round, shooting 300 (+12).

The ‘Dogs ended up finishing tied with Furman with an 881 (+17) for their first spring event, collecting wins over fellow Conference USA foes UAB and North Texas as well as 39th-ranked Arkansas.

After sinking seven birdies through the first two rounds, Swash collected only one in the third round in route to a 75 (+3). For the tournament, the fifth-year senior shot 69-73-75=217 (+1) to pace the Bulldogs and finish tied for 18th.

Behind him was Hunter Battles who had his top finish of the 2022-23 season, tying for 28th. He had the best round of the day on Monday, bookending the round with birdies on No. 1 and No. 18 to help shoot even par 72 and finish at 74-74-72=220 (+4).

Lake Juban had the third best overall score with a 74-68-82=224 (+8) to finish tied for 46th while Thomas Henson right behind him, carding a 74-75-76=225 (+9) to finish tied for 50th. Grant Smith had his best round of the tournament on the final day, shooting 77 (+5).


  • LA Tech collected victories over North Texas (143), UAB (110), Arkansas (39), Jacksonville State (167), and Jacksonville (127).
  • The Bulldogs totaled 37 birdies/eagles at The Hayt, the third most of any event this season.
  • James Swash has finished in the top 25 in three straight events. This marked the second time this season he has anchored the Bulldogs with the top individual finish.
  • Lake Juban and Hunter Battles each had a team-high nine birdies in the event. Juban has registered at least nine birdies in four of the five events this season.

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