Men's Golf in Ninth After First Round of C-USA Championship
April 18, 2005
Gulfport, Miss. - All five members of the Memphis men's golf team shot scores within three shots or less of each other in the first round of the Conference USA Men's Golf Championship on Monday. The counted scores of 74, 75, and a pair of 76's put Memphis in ninth place at the 14-team event being held at The Grand Bear.
As a team, the Tigers shot a score of 13-over 301. They lead tenth-place Marquette by five strokes. They trail eighth-place Southern Miss by three shots, seventh-place East Carolina by four, and sixth-place Louisville by five.
Robbie Greenwell led Memphis on the day with a round of two-over 74 (39-35) to place himself in a tie for 21st. Ian Rochester, who is coming off a tournament in which he won the individual title at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate in Auburn, Ala., is next at three-over 75 (40-35) where he is in a tie for 30th. Andy Shiels and Justin Miers rounded out the Tiger scores that were counted as they each shot a four-over 76. Both Shiels (36-40) and Miers (35-41) began the day well on the front nine before shooting higher scores on the back. They are both tied for 34th. Keven Fortin-Simard was the final Memphis finisher as he shot a five-over 77 (35-42).
Robin Smith of East Carolina shot the low round of the day and leads the field at six-under 66 (33-33). All together, 11 different players shot below par on the day, including three from first-place TCU, which leads the field at 10-under 278. UAB is second at two-under 286 while Charlotte and Tulane are tied for third at one-over 289.
"Everyone shot right around each other today but in order for us to move up the leaderboard tomorrow, we are going to need to get a few rounds below par," said Memphis coach Grant Robbins. "The conditions are conducive to some low scores. We just didn't get any of them today. The good news is, we didn't put up any really high scores today and with a couple of good rounds we can still finish higher than where we are right now."
The second round tees off at 7:45 a.m. tomorrow morning.