Tigers Shoot Three-Over in Second Round at C-USA Championship
April 20, 2009
Brad Benjamin's second round 69, the third lowest of his career as a Tiger, led the University of Memphis golf team to a second round team total of 291 at the Red Tail Golf Course. The Tigers are currently tied for fourth at the 2009 Conference USA Men's Golf Championship hosted by UCF and the Central Florida Sports Commission.
Benjamin made six birdies on his way to his 69 on the second day to compliment his 72 in the opening round. He is currently in sixth place. Jack Belote currently stands at two-under-par for the tournament after a posting a one-over 73 in round two. He is in a tie for seventh after two rounds. Jordan Payne also fired a second-round 73, leaving him in a tie for 24th with one round remaining. Brandon Bunn (74-76) and Jeff Hall (76-79) are currently in 34th and 43rd, respectively.
"Brad was very solid today," said Tigers head coach Grant Robbins. "He showed some experience out there as a senior."
The Tigers' opening round team scores of 289-291 leave them in a tie for fourth with East Carolina. They are 15 shots back of the leader, UCF.
"It was disappointing that we didn't get a great fourth score today," said Coach Robbins. "We will go out tomorrow and try to post a low number and see what happens."
UCF's Simon Ward had an eagle on the par-5 seventh and birdied three other holes en route to a four-under 68 on the second day. Ward is part of a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after an unpredictable day of weather.
UCF's Blayne Barber and UAB's Zack Sucher both shot a 69 in the second round and find themselves tied with Ward for first place after 36 holes. With two Golden Knights angling for the individual title, it's no surprise that UCF is currently in first place in the team standings with an overall score of 11-under par. SMU (seven-under 569) and UAB (three-under 573) are in second and third place, respectively.