Struggles Continue For Tigers in First Round of LSU Spring Invitational
April 1, 2005
Baton Rouge, La. - Any momentum possibly gained by a relatively strong final round showing in the third round of their last tournament vanquished on Friday as the Memphis men's golf team shot a 23-over 311 as a team in the first round of the LSU Spring Invitational hosted by LSU. Memphis is in 16th place, leading only one other team in the field at the University Club.
The Tigers' top finisher was Justin Miers, who is tied for 40th place after one round. Miers shot a four-over 76 (40-36). Keven Fortin-Simard is two strokes behind Miers at six-over 78 (38-40) in a tie for 67th along with teammate Ian Rochester (37-41) and a host of others. Lewis Clarke, a sophomore who is receiving his first start of the year after some strong qualifying rounds over the last two weeks, shot a seven-over 79 (41-38) and is tied for 77th. Andy Shiels had a forgettable round of 10-over 82 that did not count toward the team score.
The Tigers lead only Southern Miss by two strokes. Memphis trails 15th place USF by six strokes. Host LSU, Texas-Arlington, and Arkansas-Little Rock are in a three-way tie for first at four-over 292. Furman is in fourth place at five-over par. Patrick Sullivan of UALR leads the field as he shot a three-under 69. Only five players shot under par in the first round.
Second round play gets underway at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. The Tigers will tee off between 8:00 a.m. and 8:32 a.m. on the 10th hole at the University Club.