Tigers Struggle in Second Round, Fall to Eighth at Conrad Rehling Invitational
March 12, 2005
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - For the second straight day, windy conditions played a part in high overall scores at the Conrad Rehling Invitational on Saturday. Though not as extreme as the gusts in Friday's first round, wind played a part in Memphis not having a single individual shoot under par for the third straight round of golf as the Tigers fell from seventh to eighth with a second round of 23-over 311 at the Ol' Colony Golf Club.
"The conditions were still tough but some teams did put up some low scores so we can't blame it entirely on the weather," said Memphis coach Grant Robbins. "We are just struggling right now."
After having at least one player shoot par or under par in their first 16 rounds of the year, Memphis has not had a single player shoot par or under par in the last three rounds of competitive golf, dating back to last weekend's final round of the St. Croix Collegiate Classic. Justin Miers was the low scorer for the Tigers on the day, as he bounced back from his first round 81 to put up a respectable two-over 74. Ian Rochester also improved his score by three strokes, firing a four-over 76 after his first round 79. Both Miers and Rochester are tied for 29th place at 11-over 155 to lead the Tigers. Andy Shiels shot a 79 and is in 40th place at 13-over 157 (78-79). Robbie Greenwell shot an 82 and is in 41st while Keven Fortin-Simard shot a forgettable 85 and is tied for 55th. Clayton Ellis, who is competing as an individual, put up a 79 and is tied for 41st at 14-over 158 (79-79).
The Tigers are currently at 45-over 621 for the tournament (310-311) and trail seventh place Ole Miss by two strokes. Memphis leads ninth place Michigan by three strokes. Host Alabama fired by far the lowest team round of the day, posting a two-under 286 to move into first place at 14-over where they lead first round leader Michigan State by 10 strokes. Thomas Hagler of the Crimson Tide leads the field at even par. Only three golfers in the entire field shot under par in the second round after only one managed to do so in the first.
"We are starting four freshmen now and that can mean some inconsistency," said Robbins. "We are lacking in confidence right now and what we need to do is get off to a good start tomorrow to help our confidence."