High-Scoring Day Leaves Tigers with 10th Place Finish in Virgin Islands
March 6, 2005
St. Croix, Virgin Islands - Conditions on the final day of the St. Croix Collegiate Classic did not make for low scores and as a result, the Tiger men's golf team ended the tournament by shooting a team total of 12-over 300, which left them in 10th place to finish the tournament at 22-over 886 (292-294-300). This was just the second tournament of the year that the Tigers did not shoot their lowest round of the tournament in the final round.
The Tigers finished five strokes ahead of 11th place Iowa State (+27) and two strokes behind ninth place Marquette (+20). Host Xavier won the team title despite shooting a final round of 10-over 298. The Musketeers ended the tournament at four-over 868 (284-286-298), winning by four strokes over second place Lamar and Rhode Island. Ten of the 17 teams in the field shot final rounds of 300 or over.
Individually for the Tigers, there was not one golfer that shot under par in the final round, marking just the third time this year that not one Memphis golfer shot below par in a single team round. Robbie Greenwell and Allan Thomas each shot two-over 74 to lead the Tigers. Greenwell finished in a tie for 44th at nine-over 225 (73-78-74) while Thomas finished in a tie for 50th at ten-over 226 (81-71-74). Andy Shiels was the top Tiger finisher for the tournament, as he carded a final round 76 to finish in a tie for 27th at four-over 220 (71-73-76). Ian Rochester and Keven Fortin-Simard each shot 76s in the final round as well. Rochester finished tied for 36th at eight-over 224 (73-75-76) while Fortin-Simard finished tied with Thomas in 50th at 226 (75-75-76). This was the first tournament of the year that Fortin-Simard did not shoot a single round either at or under par.
"The conditions did not make for low scoring today and because we had dug ourselves such a hole at the beginning of the tournament, we were unable to move up the leaderboard," said Memphis coach Grant Robbins. "We were able to see what areas we need to improve upon this weekend but we need to put this behind us because we have another tournament coming up next weekend with some top team in the field."
Memphis gets right back to action next weekend when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to play in the Conrad Rehling Invitational hosted by Alabama.