Men's Golf Takes Second at Tiger Invitational
March 12, 2013
OPELIKA, Ala. - The University of Memphis men's golf team put together their best finish of the 2012-13 season Tuesday at the Tiger Invitational with Memphis walking away with a runner-up finish after defeating five top-50 teams with an 896 (+32) over 54 holes.
"I'm very proud of the guys for the toughness they displayed this week," said head coach Grant Robbins. "The course and the conditions were extremely difficult and they hung in there and battled for every shot. It just shows the potential we have to go into a place like Auburn and beat several ranked teams. We have to build on it and get ready for our home event in a couple of weeks."
Will Pearson tied for third with a 2-over-par 218 to lead the Tigers after firing round scores of 71 (-1) and 73 (+1) in the final two rounds to move up the leaderboard on the final day. Also finishing in the top 20 for Memphis was Steve Lee, who tied for 17th with scores of 75 and 76 in the second and third rounds to total a 9-over-par 225.
Thomas Perrot moved up the leaderboard on the second day of competition with two rounds of 75s to tie for 25th with 227 (+11). Cory Gaylord carded rounds of 83 and 79 for a 233 (+17) to tie for 50th, while Grant Milner shot an 81 and 74 to finish in a tie for 59th with a 235 (+19). Competing as an individual for Memphis was Carlson Cox, who tied for 41st with scores of 77 and 76 on the second day to finish with a 230 (+14).
No. 41 Mississippi State took the team title with an 889 (+25) while No. 21 Auburn finished three strokes behind Memphis with an 899 (+35). South Alabama finished fourth with 900 (+36) while Kentucky, No. 42 Chattanooga and No. 31 Houston finished in a three-way tie for fifth at 901 (+37).
The Tigers will be back in action in two weeks when they host the Memphis Intercollegiate at the Colonial Country Club, Mar. 25-26.