Wichita State men's golf coach Grier Jones doesn't over-hype, so when he says senior Dustin Garza played incredible, it's safe to say Garza performed more than adequately.
He won the Shocker Classic with a 2-under-par 211 on Tuesday at the Wichita Country Club, helping the Shockers to their second straight tournament win.
"He didn't get off to a great start, but he played incredible the last two rounds," Jones said. "211 is a great score to play 54 holes in 30 mph wind."
Garza won his second straight tournament. After shooting a first-round 74, he recovered with a 69 Monday and a 68 on Tuesday in windy conditions.
"I was disappointed in myself the first round," Garza said. "I told myself I needed to kick-start things. I made a couple putts and things started happening."
Garza started his finishing kick late on Monday.
"I played my 27 through 36 holes really well to end the day after being out there all day," Garza said. "I fed off that today."
Garza, from Mission, Texas, won his fifth tournament of the 2009-10 season. Those performances are putting him under consideration to make the Palmer Cup team. A committee, led by Southern Cal coach Chris Zambri, selects the top eight college golfers and they play a Ryder Cup-style match against golfers from Great Britain and Ireland. The 2010 match is played June 24-26 in Northern Ireland.
Jones said Garza will consider delaying turning pro to play.
"I think he's got a great chance to make it," Jones said. "If he gets selected, I think he's going to play. You get a chance to represent your country, whether it's collegiately or the Walker Cup or the Ryder Cup, you just can't pass that up."
Playing in the Palmer Cup would be another honor for Garza, who will leave WSU as one of its most successful golfers.
"He's matured in a lot of ways," Jones said "He's playing better golf, and he's doing better academically. He's now accepting responsibility for what he's supposed to do. Before it was kind of 'Aw, I'm a kid and kids do those kind of things.' "
WSU freshman Tyler Gann finished second, five strokes behind Garza. He shot an opening-round 69, following with a 73 and a 74.
"It was nice to play consistent, for once," Gann said. "The entire year, I have tournaments where I would play two rounds and then the last round, or the round in between, was not as good as I wanted. I was really patient. It's so easy to get frustrated."
Wichita Country Club (par 71, 6,814 yards)
Team scores — 1. Wichita St. 877. 2. UT-Arlington 889. 3. Oklahoma City 890. 4. Kansas 894. 5. Nebraska and UMKC 900. 7. Oklahoma Christian 903. 8. Bowling Green 913. 9. Texas Wesleyan 923. 10. Wayland Baptist 925. 11. Northeastern 930. 12. Drake and South Dakota St. 943. 14. Hutchinson 947. 15. William Woods 948.
Individuals — 1. Dustin Garza, WSU, 211. 2. Ty ler Gann, WSU, 216. 3. (tie) Alex Hogben, UMKC; Wes Worster, UTA, 219. 5. (tie) Nate Barbee, KU; Zack Fischer, UTA, 220. 7. Clark Collier, OCU, 221. 8. (tie) Matt Schneider, Bowling Green; Brett Nymeyer, NU, 222. 10. (tie) Mathew Webb, Wayland; Michael Palmer, OCU; Logan Herbst, OCC; Bryan Hackenberg, KU, 223. 14. Axel Ochoa, OCC, 224. 15. (tie) Brandon Crick, NU; J.D. Nash, William Woods; Dan Waite, KU; Hunter Sparks, WSU; Taylor Artman, OCU; Blake Giroux, playing as individual, 225.
Other WSU: 26t. Anders Engell 228, 46t. Rafael Becker 233.
Other KU: 26t. Alex Gutesha 228. 42t. Chris Gilbert 232.