Men's Golf Finishes 11th at Bridgestone Intercollegiate
April 4, 2006
For Immediate Release
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Memphis men's golf team placed 11th on Tuesday at the 2006 Bridgestone Golf Intercollegiate at Forest Oaks CC after a rough tournament.
The Tigers finished with a 618 after shooting 315 in the final round. Sophomore Ian Rochester led the team with a 152 and carded a 79 on Tuesday to tie for 32nd. Senior Mike Regenold posted the lowest Memphis score in the second round with a 5-over 77 and finished tied for 48th with a 156. Sophomore Robbie Greenwell scored the team's second best tournament score with a 155 to tie for 44th, and sophomore Keven Fortin-Simard carded a 157 to tie for 52nd place. Junior Lewis Clarke finished with a 161 to tie for 60th.
Lamar freshman Oliver Bekker, playing in just his third collegiate tournament, closed out his first college championship with a 69. Bekker, a native of Stellenbosch, South Africa, shot a 66 in Monday's first round. The second round was later wiped out when players were unable to finish because of rain last night. But Bekker staying hot, shooting three-under on Tuesday to win the tournament by three shots over Xavier's Andy Pope, who made a late run but couldn't quite catch Bekker.
Lamar also won the team title by a commanding 14 shots over Xavier. The Cardinals, with three golfers in the top 5, tore up Forest Oaks, a PGA Tournament course, with a team score of 13-under 563. They shot 281 in Monday's first round and 282 on Tuesday. Wichita Sate was third at 586, followed by Maryland and College of Charleston.
Monday had been full of complications caused by the weather. The first thunderstorm delay of the day stopped play at 8:28 a.m. after just five groups had left the clubhouse, three of the front nine and two on the back nine. Two hours later when play began again, tournament officials shotgun started the rest of the field in an effort to play the scheduled 36 holes.
However, after playing through remaining morning drizzle and blustery conditions throughout the afternoon, a second line of storms moved into the area just after 5 pm. That line halted play for the day shortly after 6:30 p.m., although players were on the verge of heading back out several times as storms came and went. With some teams only five holes into their second rounds, tournament officials decided to wipe out the second round scores and shorten the event to 36 holes.
The Tigers have a quick turnaround as the team competes in the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate beginning Friday. The tournament will be the final preparation for Memphis before the team plays in the Conference USA Championship on April 24.
Bridgestone Golf Intercollegiate