Will Pearson Leads No. 37 @MemphisMGolf With Impressive First Round at USF Invitational
March 2, 2014
DADE CITY, Fla. - Senior Will Pearson led the Memphis men’s golf with an 8-under-par 64 stroke performance after the first round of the USF Invitational. Pearson’s round of 64 is tied for the second best round of 18-holes in Memphis men’s golf history. As a team, the Tigers shot a 277, which ties the 8th best team round in program history.
Pearson’s round ties Tim Roop, who shot a 64 at the Glenn Red Jacoby Tournament during the 1990-91 season. Kevin Fortin-Simard holds the record with a 63 stroke performance at the Louisiana Classics during the 2005-06 season. Pearson’s 8-under-par gives him the second furthest round under par in program history, with Fortin-Simard’s round at the Louisiana Classics coming in at 9-under. Pearson is no stranger with the top of the program record book, as his round Sunday narrowly bests his previous career best of 7-under-par and 65 strokes, a record he set at the 2013 NCAA West Regional.
Junior Cory Gaylord and senior Erwan Vieilledent each shot rounds of 2-under-par 70. Freshman Lars Van Meijel finished 1-over-par at 73 and sophomore Thomas Perrot had round of six-over with 78 strokes.
No. 65 UNC Greensboro and No. 20 Florida finished the first round tied for the lead at 13-under with 275 strokes. No. 35 Mercer and No. 7 Illinois tied for fourth at 280 strokes, while the host team No. 33 South Florida finished the round one stroke behind at 281. No. 23 Auburn and No. 36 Purdue rounded out the top-8 with rounds of 282 and 283 respectively.
Memphis will return to action Monday morning with round two of the tournament. The Tigers will be in groups 11 through 15, the final golfers to start on the first hole and will be paired with UNCG and Florida State golfers. Perrot will start first for the Tigers in group 11 at 10:40 a.m, followed by van Meijel 10 minutes later; Vieilledent will start at the top of the hour in group 13. Gaylord and Pearson will be the final two Tigers to start, with Gaylord teeing off at 11:10 a.m. and Pearson at 11:20 a.m.
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