Men's Golf Takes First Round Lead at C-USA Championship
April 24, 2006
For Immediate Release
WEST POINT, Miss. - With three golfers shooting below par, the University of Memphis men's golf team jumped to a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Conference USA Championship on Monday at the Old Waverly Golf Course.
After two sub-par tournament performances, sophomore Keven Fortin-Simard regained his stroke and led the Tigers in the opening round with a 6-under 66 on the par-72, 7,000-yard course. The score ties the Roberval, Quebec native with SMU's Colt Knost for first place individually.
Memphis also received a spectacular performance from freshman Brad Benjamin. Having played in only one tournament all year, the Rockford, Ill., native qualified for the conference tournament and shot a 5-under 67 in his first competitive round of the spring. One stroke behind Fortin-Simard, Benjamin, who was No. 40 in the Golfweek junior amateur rankings before coming to Memphis, is in third after the first 18 holes.
The Tigers shot a 12-under 276 on Monday and leads second place SMU by two strokes. Memphis has a nine-stroke lead over Tulsa and Houston who both are in third with a 285 (-3), while Rice and UAB are tie for fifth with a 286 (-2). The 276 is the lowest round for the Tigers this season, surpassing the previous season low of 280 by four strokes.
Sophomore Ian Rochester had the U of M's third sub-par performance of the day with a 2-under 70 and is tied for 11th. Sophomore Robbie Greenwell is tied for 28th with a 1-over 73, and junior Lewis Clarke is tied for 46th with a 4-over 76.
The second round of the tournament begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday with the championship concluding on Wednesday.
2006 C-USA Men's Golf Championship
Dates: 04/24-04/26, 2006
1 Memphis, U. of 276T1 Keven Fortin-Simard 33-33 66 3 Brad Benjamin 33-34 67 T11 Ian Rochester 37-33 70 T28 Robbie Greenwell 39-34 73 T46 Lewis Clarke 36-40 76
Fin. Team Scores 1 Memphis, U. of 276 -12 2 SMU 278 -10 3 Tulsa, U. of 285 -3 Houston, Univ. of 285 -3 5 Rice University 286 -2 UAB 286 -2 7 UCF 288 E 8 UTEP 291 +3 9 Southern Miss 292 +4 10 East Carolina Univ. 296 +8 11 Marshall University 302 +14 12 Tulane University 308 +20