Fly Claims Individual Title as Memphis Finishes Fourth in BancorpSouth Intercollegiate
April 3, 2012
MADISON, Miss. -Paced by Jonathan Fly's individual title, the University of Memphis golf team tied for fourthTuesday at the rain-shortened BancorpSouth Intercollegiate. The Tigers posted scores of 285-286--571 to tie with No. 29 UAB (283-288) at the par-72, 7,305-yard Reunion Golf and Country Club.
"I'm very proud of Jonathan," Memphis head coach Grant Robbins said. "He played extremely well and was very consistent even through all of the delays we had."
Fly turned in back-to-back round of 68 to beat out Brad Schneider (68-70--138) of UCF. Schneider is ranked as the 84th best player in the nation according to Golf Stat. It is the second individual championship of Fly's career. He claimed medalist honors at last year's C-USA Championship with a 54-hole total of 209.
Jack Belote continued his consistent play with scores of 72-71--143 (-1) to finish in a tie for 14th position. Will Pearson carded scores of 72-73--145 (+1) and landed in a tie for 25th, while Grant Milner (73-76--149) finished tied for 49th. Steve Lee posted rounds of 77-74--151 and finished tied for 58th.
The Tigers were in a tie for sixth position after round one and had climbed into a tie for fourth through six holes in the second round yesterday before inclement weather struck and forced the suspension of play. Teams resumed competition this morning at 10 a.m. and made it through six more holes until another delay hit. The second round resumed again at 12:30 p.m. and all players were able to finish.
"As a team, we need to get better production out of the four and five spot," Robbins said. "Some guys are going to have to step up if we are going to win a conference championship this year."
Wichita State, which torched the course with a team score of 276 (-12) in the first round, posted a 290 (+2) in the second round and narrowly edged runner up Central Arkansas (282-285--567) for the team title. UCF finished alone in third with a 36-hole total of 569 (-7). Memphis and UAB tied for third, while MTSU (285-289--574) and Southeastern Louisiana (284-290--574) tied for sixth.
Memphis now returns to the Bluff City to prepare for its own tournament, the Memphis Intercollegiate, on April 9-10. The event will be held at Colonial Country Club with a field of 12 teams: Memphis, Arkansas State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Akron, Kennesaw State, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, South Alabama, UAB and Vanderbilt.