Tigers Tied for Fourth at Rain-Shortened Rice Intercollegiate
Feb. 7, 2005
Houston, Texas. - The Memphis men's golf team shot a 12-over 300 as a team in the first round of the Rice Intercollegiate on Monday to place in a tie for fourth place with the host Owls. The tournament was only able to hold one round of a scheduled two on Monday due to a lengthy rain delay. As a result, the second round has been cancelled and the teams will play just one final round tomorrow beginning at 8:00 a.m.
The Tigers trail first place Sam Houston State by six strokes as the Bearkats shot a six-over 294. Nebraska is second at seven-over 295 and North Texas is in third just one shot ahead of Memphis and Rice at 11-over 299. The Tigers and Owls lead sixth place Texas-Arlington by one stroke and seventh place Texas State by two.
The rain began to come down about six holes into the shotgun start. After a rain delay of about two hours, the teams went back out to the course but the conditions steadily worsened as the day went on. A steady rain turned into a downpour complete with wind as the rounds wrapped up.
"There were some tough conditions out there today with all the wind and rain. It came down heavy towards the end and we didn't finish that well. We didn't adjust and I think we need to get a little mentally tougher when the weather turns bad," said Memphis coach Grant Robbins. "However it was equally tough for everyone. We didn't shoot ourselves out of it. We are within six strokes and in college golf that isn't a lot. We are certainly capable of shooting a good round tomorrow. Hopefully we'll shoot under par and see what that does for us."
Individually for the Tigers, Keven Fortin-Simard and Andy Shiels each shot 74, with each shooting 37 on both the front and back nine to finish at two-over par and in a tie for 12th place, three strokes behind a quartet of leaders who are at one-under 71. Both Allan Thomas and Ian Rochester shot four-over 76 and are tied for 28th place, each shooting 38 on both the front and back nine. Clayton Ellis shot an 80 (41-39) to round out the quintet of Tiger competitors.