Tigers Slip to 10th in St. Croix After Shooting Six-Over 294 in Second Round
March 5, 2005
St. Croix, Virgin Islands - The Memphis men's golf team shot a second round of six-over 294 at the St. Croix Collegiate Classic on Saturday, two shots more than their first round of 292 on Friday. The 36-hole total of 10-over 586 puts the Tigers alone in 10th place, one shot behind ninth-place Charleston Southern and two shots behind eighth-place Marquette.
Host Xavier, which was tied for the lead after one round with Rhode Island continues to lead the tournament at six-under 570. Rhode Island and Lamar are tied for second at three-under 573. Texas-San Antonio and Charlotte are tied for fourth at two-under 574.
After carding a first round 81, senior Allan Thomas rebounded to shoot the low Memphis round of the day with a one-under 71. Freshman Andy Shiels shot a second round of one-over 73 and is tied for 17th individually at even-par 144 (71-73). Freshmen Ian Rochester and Keven Fortin-Simard each shot 75s in the second round to round out the Tiger scorers for the round. For the tournament, Rochester is tied for 39th at four-over 148 (73-75) and Fortin-Simard is tied for 51st at six-over 150 (75-75). Robbie Greenwell was unable to duplicate his first round success as he shot a second round 78 and is tied for 56th at seven-over 151 (73-78). Individually, Jason Kokrak of Xavier is the tournament leader at six-under 138 (69-69).
"We have struggled on the greens this weekend. The putts just won't fall and that's hurting our confidence," said Memphis coach Grant Robbins. "It's hard to gain confidence, especially with a young team that's playing four freshmen this tournament, when you're not making putts. We need to make some putts early tomorrow to gain some confidence and if that happens we should have a chance to make up some ground and move up the leaderboard."
The final round of the tournament begins tomorrow at 7:30 local time, 5:30 Central time.