Best Team Round of Tournament Moves Tigers up Two Spots, Finish Sixth in Alabama
March 13, 2005
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - After two forgettable rounds in the first two rounds of the Conrad Rehling Invitational, the Memphis men's golf team rebounded and posted its best team score of the tournament on Sunday and moved up two spots on the leaderboard to finish sixth out of 12 teams, four spots better than last weekend's finish. The Tigers shot a nine-over 297 in the third round, the fourth best round of the day and for the fifth time in their seven tournaments, shot their best score in the final round.
Although not a single individual shot at or below par in any round at this tournament, the first time that has happened this year, three of the five Memphis individuals in the starting lineup improved their scores in the final round. Andy Shiels and Robbie Greenwell each shot one-over 73 to lead the Tigers on the final day. Keven Fortin-Simard shot a three-over 75 to rebound from his high scores on the first two days. Ian Rochester rounded out the scoring on day three with a four-over 76, equalling his second round total. Justin Miers shot an 88 but it was not counted in the team score. Clayton Ellis, competing as an individual, meaning his score did not count toward the team's score, also shot his best round of the tournament, a three-over 75.
Shiels was the top Memphis finisher, ending the tournament tied for 29th at 14-over 230 (78-79-73). Greenwell and Rochester both finished just behind Shiels tied for 34th place at 15-over 231. Ellis finished alone in 41st at 17-over 233 (79-79-75) while Fortin-Simard finished in 46th. Miers' final round pushing him down the leaderboard and he finished in a tie for 59th.
Host Alabama claimed the team title with a total of 17-over 881, holding off a final round charge by second place Georgia State, who fired a six-under 282 and finished the tournament at 20-over 884. The Tigers passed both Mississippi State and Ole Miss on the leaderboard to finish in sixth, as both the Bulldogs and Rebels had been in sixth and seventh place, respectively, entering the final round. The Tigers finished six strokes ahead of the seventh place Bulldogs and just one stroke behind fifth place Tulane.
"We hung in there and fought and did a good job of just grinding through and getting the most out of our rounds," said Memphis coach Grant Robbins. "I was pleased the way we finished and we were just one shot away from being in the top five, which considering the way we played in the first two rounds is something that we can build on."
The Tigers will take the next two weekends off after playing in tournaments the last two consecutive weekends. They will return to action April 1-3 when they play in the LSU Spring Invitational in Baton Rouge, La.