Tigers next in action April 27 at American Athletic Conference Championship
Freshman David Long with second best day for the Tigers
Tigers Compete in 68th year of tournamnet
Cory Gaylord finishes tied for ninth place with a score of 215 (-1)
Tigers just six strokes out of first place after first round
The University of Memphis men's golf team will look to make the 2012-13 season another memorable one as the team returns eight letterwinners from a squad that captured its first Conference USA title and made the school's first trip to the NCAA Championships in 24 years.
Spring 2013: Competed in all eight tournaments ... Named Conference USA Men's Golfer of the Week on March 13 after tying for third and helping Memphis to a runner-up finish at the Tiger Invitational ... Carded a 2-over-par 218 (74-71-73) to allow the Tigers to defeat five top-50 teams ... Second on the team in scoring average with a 74.0 ... Had one top-10 finish and four top-20 finishes ... Led Memphis at the NCAA West Regional by tying for 20th with scores of 65-75-73 for a 213 (-3) ... Carded his best round of the season with a 65 (-7) to begin the regional ... Score tied for the third lowest round in program history.
Fall 2012: Competed in every fall tournament, collecting three top-10 and four top-20 finishes ... Opened the season by tying for third at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate with scores of 73-72-70 to total 215 (-1) ... Posted his low round of the fall at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate with a 68 in the first round ... Tied for eighth at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate with scores of 74-71-71 for an even-par 216 ... His other top-10 finish of the fall came at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate where he tied for ninth with scores of 72-73-71 (216, E).
Spring 2012: Played in eight of nine tournaments after transferring to Memphis from Arkansas for the spring semester ... Fired rounds of 74-73-72 to help the team to a second-place finish at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate ... Had his best performance of the season with scores of 71-73-72 to finish eighth at the National Invitational Tournament ... Finished fourth with rounds of 72-73-76 at the Memphis Intercollegiate ... Took 13th with scores of 72-74-73 at the Conference USA Championship ... Helped the Tigers capture their first C-USA title ... Finished 26th at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional, firing 77-69-76 ... Finished 135th with rounds of 79-79-74 at the NCAA Championship.
Freshman at Arkansas
Played 10 tournaments with a 74.76 stroke average ... Had two top-20 finishes ... 15 of his 29 rounds counted toward Arkansas' team score ... Finished 17th at the Cabo Collegiate ... Tied for 37th at the NCAA Southeast Regional ... Tied for 119th at the NCAA Championships ... Tied for 43rd at the Rice Planters Amateur ... Tied for eighth at the WE Cole Cotton States Amateur, advancing to match play where he won three matches ... Tied for 12th at the Tennessee Amateur.
Standout at Memphis-area Evangelical Christian School ... 2009 and 2010 Rolex All-American Team ... 2010 All-state selection ... Placed second at Southern Junior in 2009 ... Finished second at the Tennessee Division II state championships, leading the Eagles to their second state title ... Named 2008 and 2010 "Best of the Preps" ... Selected the 2007 "Best of the Preps" Golfer of the Year ... Won state individual title as a sophomore in 2007 ... Multiple top-25 finishes in high school and junior events, including third at a 2009 AJGA event at Blessings Golf Club.
Born on Mar. 7 in Memphis ... Son of Jamie and Milleigh Pearson.