Tigers finish in Eighth at Louisiana Classics
March 10, 2009
Seniors Brad Benjamin and Jordan Payne fired final rounds of 73 and 71 to lead the University of Memphis men's golf team to an eighth place finish at the Louisiana Classics. The tournament was held at the 7,141 yard, par 72 Oakbourne Country Club with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette serving as the host school.
Payne and Benjamin finished with three-round totals of 219, good for a tie for 21st. Each player narrowly missed earning his third top-20 finish of the season. Jack Belote carded a final round 77 to finish in a tie for 31st. Brandon Bunn struggled to an 81 on Tuesday, leaving him with a three-day total of 225, good for 47th place. Mark Trow posted a final round 73, which left him in a tie for 62nd.
The Tigers turned in a team-total of 294 in the final round, which left them in eighth place for the tournament.
"We just did not get off to a good start," said Tiger head coach Grant Robbins. "We played better the last two rounds, but we have to be solid for an entire tournament. We will learn from it and get back to work and prepare for Mobile."
The University of New Orleans held on to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette by one stroke in the team competition. New Orleans carded a final round team-total of 289 to hold on for the victory. SMU finished 3rd.
It took a sudden death playoff to decide the individual competition. Adam Cornelson of New Orleans and Cedric Scotto of SMU were tied after regulation and went to sudden death to decide the champion. After tying the first four holes, Cornelson drained an eight foot birdie putt on the fifth hole to win the event.
The Tigers will return home and prepare for their next tournament, the South-Alabama Spring Classic on March 23.