Men's Golf Finishes Seventh at C-USA Championships
April 20, 2005
Gulfport, Miss. - Despite shooting their best team round of the tournament, the Memphis men's golf team remained in seventh place and ended the Conference USA Championship on Wednesday at The Grand Bear with a seventh place finish. The Tigers ended the tournament at 34-over 898 (301-300-297), topping eighth place Southern Miss by two strokes and finishing behind sixth place Houston by 11 shots. TCU captured its fourth straight conference championship by shooting a final round seven-under 281 and finished the tournament at 23-under 841 (278-282-281), 26 shots ahead of second place Charlotte.
For the second time in three days, Robbie Greenwell shot the low round of the day for the Tigers, carding a one-over 73 to finish the tournament at eight-over 224 (74-77-73) and in a tie for 30th. The top Tiger finisher for the tournament was Keven Fortin-Simard, who after the tournament was named third team All-Conference-USA as well as to the C-USA All-Freshman team. Fortin-Simard had a final round of three-over 75 and finished at seven-over 223 (77-71-75) and in a tie for 26th. Ian Rochester and Justin Miers each finished tied for 35th at 10-over 226. Rochester (75-76-75) also shot a three-over 75 in the final round while Miers (76-76-74) improved on his identical score from his first two rounds by two strokes, firing a two-over 74. For the second straight day, Andy Shiels shot an 80 and he finished at 20-over 236 and in a tie for 58th.
"We are definitely disappointed with the way we finished the season here this week and it shows us that we definitely need to work over the summer to get better for next year," said Memphis coach Grant Robbins. "We certainly showed some positive things this year but we were very inexperienced. Inexperienced teams tend to play well when things are going well but when adversity hits, their scores tend to go up. We need to get better at handling adversity and learn how to score when we are not hitting our best. Overall, we just need to get mentally tougher.
Teammates Colby Beckstrom and Drew Stoltz of TCU tied for individual medalist honors at seven-under 209. The Horned Frogs also had the third and fourth place individual finisher in David Schultz and James Sacheck, respectively. A total of seven players, including the aforementioned four from TCU, finished the tournament below par.
In Robbins' second season as head coach, the Tigers improved upon their Conference USA Championship finish from a year ago. Memphis finished in a tie for eighth place in 2004 at the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City, Fla. The Tigers also placed four of their five players in the top 35, an improvement from just two last year.