Windy Conditions Equal High Scores in Alabama as Tigers Seventh After One Round
March 11, 2005
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Sustained winds of 25-30 miles per hour and gusts even faster than that led to high scores throughout the 12-team field in the first round of the Conrad Rehling Invitational on Friday at the Ol' Colony Golf Club. Memphis finished the first round in seventh place at 22-over 310. Nationally-ranked Michigan State leads the tournament at 11-over 299, as they were the only team to shoot under 300 as a team.
The Tigers are separated from fourth place by just three strokes. They trail sixth place College of Charleston by just one stroke (309), fifth place Ole Miss by two (308), and fourth place UAB by three (307). Host Alabama sits in third at 16-over 304 and second place Georgia State trails Michigan State by three strokes at 14-over 302. The Tigers lead Michigan, South Alabama, and Mississippi State, all of whom are tied for eighth at 24-over 312, by two strokes.
Freshman Robbie Greenwell, getting his second straight tournament start, led the Tigers with a four-over 76, the first time this year he has shot the low round of the day for Memphis individuals. He is tied for 17th. Keven Fortin-Simard fired a five-over 77 to tie for 20th while Andy Shiels shot a six-over 78 and is tied for 30th. Ian Rochester rounded out the Memphis scores that counted toward the team score with a seven-over 79. Justin Miers, the other member of the starting lineup, shot nine-over 81 and is tied for 49th. Clayton Ellis, who is playing as an individual and does count towards the team score, shot seven-over 79.
Only one player in the entire field was able to shoot under par on the day. Steve Tiley of second place Georgia State shot two-under 70 and leads the field by two strokes. A trio of players is tied for second place at even par.
"These were some of the toughest conditions I have seen in a long time," said Memphis coach Grant Robbins. "The wind was just gusting all over the place. We definitely left some shots out there but everyone struggled today. The good news is we definitely aren't out of contention."
Second round play begins tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.