Tiger Golfers Move up to a Tie for Seventh After Two Rounds of C-USA Championship
April 19, 2005
Gulfport, Miss. - The Memphis men's golf team improved its leaderboard position by two spots by improving its first round score by one stroke in the second round of the Conference USA Championship on Tuesday. The Tigers shot 12-over 300 as a team and sit in a seventh place tie with Southern Miss at 25-over 601 for the tournament, which is being held at The Grand Bear. TCU continues to lead the field as the Horned Frogs shot a six-under 282 and lead by 19 shots at 16-under 560.
Keven Fortin-Simard shot the low round of the day for the Tigers, putting up a one-under 71. He is tied for 22nd place at four-over 148 (77-71). He played bogey-free golf as he had 17 pars and one birdie on the day.
"Keven played solid and really has for the whole tournament," said Memphis coach Grant Robbins. "He just had one bad hole yesterday but has been pretty consistent aside from that."
For the second straight day, two Memphis individuals also shot four-over 76s. Justin Miers put up a 76 for the second straight day and is tied for 33rd at eight-over 152 (76-76). Ian Rochester also shot a 76, one shot worse than his first round score, and is tied for 29th at seven-over 151 (75-76). Also tied for 29th is Robbie Greenwell, who shot a five-over 77 and is also at 152 (74-77). The high score on the day, which was dropped from the team score, was by Andy Shiels, who shot an 80 and is alone in 47th place at 12-over 156 (76-80).
"Again, we struggled puting four good rounds together," said Robbins. "We are just making mental mistakes and making some big numbers on some holes when we shouldn't, which is keeping us from getting any momentum. The good thing is that we did move up today and shot a slightly better score than yesterday. We should have a chance to move up tomorrow but in order to do so we will have to keep our focus for the whole round and handle adversity better."
The Tigers lead ninth place East Carolina by four strokes and tenth place Marquette by 13 shots. They trail sixth place Louisville by seven shots and fifth place Houston by 12. Charlotte is in second place at three-over par and is followed by UAB and Tulane, three and four shots back, respectively. First place TCU has four players in the top 10, led by first place Colby Beckstrom at six-under 138 (67-71). He is followed by teammate Drew Stoltz in second at five-under 139 (70-69) and Garrett Osborn of UAB and first round leader Robin Smith of East Carolina tied for third at four-under 140.
Final round play begins at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning.