Tiger Golfers Improve Scores in Final Round but Still Finish 17th in Baton Rouge
April 3, 2005
Baton Rouge, La. - For the second straight tournament, the Memphis men's golf team shot its best team score of the tournament in the final round. However, their round of eight-over 296 in the final round of the LSU Spring Invitational on Sunday was not good enough to move them out of 17th place as the Tigers completed the tournament with their worst finish of the season.
The Tigers finished with a three-day total of 57-over 921 (311-314-296). By also not having a single player shoot a round of below par in the tournament, Memphis' streak of such reached to seven straight rounds. Memphis' last individual with a round of below par came in the second round of the St. Croix Collegiate Classic almost exactly a month ago.
Individually, four of the five Memphis golfers shot their best rounds of the tournament in the final round. Keven Fortin-Simard led the Tigers by shooting a round of even par 72 as he finished in a tie for 60th place at 13-over 229 (78-79-72). Finishing just below him in a tie for 71st was Ian Rochester at 15-over 231 (78-78-75) after he shot a three-over 75 in the final round. Justin Miers was the lone Tiger golfer to not shoot his best round of the tournament in the final round as he shot an 84 to finish at 19-over 235 (76-75-84) after having Memphis' low round in each of the first two rounds. Andy Shiels and Lewis Clarke each finished at 21-over 237 after shooting their tournament bests in the final round. Shiels fired a one-over 73 while Clarke shot four-over 76 to complete his first tournament start of the year.
Tournament host LSU won its own event for the fifth consecutive year, topping second place Lamar by six strokes. LSU shot one-over 865 as a team on its home course. After the top two, third place Jacksonville State finished well off the pace at 25-over. LSU also had the individual medalist as Beck Troutman won the event at five-under 211. Just four players finished the tournament under par.
Memphis will have little time to reflect on this weekend as the Tigers get right back to action next weekend when they travel to Auburn, Ala. for the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate hosted by Auburn University. The tournament will the final regular season tournament for Memphis prior to the Conference USA Championship.