Memphis Ends Season at NCAA West Regional
May 18, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - The University of Memphis men's golf team finished just five strokes from advancing to their second-straight NCAA Championship after a 54-hole score of 860 (-4) at the NCAA West Regional.
Memphis finished ninth out of 14 teams at the regional after carding a 3-under-par 285 in the final round to defeat three top-50 teams in No. 25 Virginia Tech, No. 37 North Texas and No. 49 Baylor. The top five teams moved on to the NCAA Championships with No. 1 California taking first with an 821 (-43). No. 11 TCU claimed second with an 841 (-23), one stroke in front of No. 24 Saint Mary's. No. 13 USC took fourth with an 844 (-20) while Ball State and San Diego State both tied for fifth at 856 (-8). Ball State went on to win the playoff, 19-20, to advance. UCS's Sam Smith and California's Michael Weaver tied for medalist honors with 202 (-14).
"I'm very proud of the entire team today," said head coach Grant Robbins. "They gave it everything they had, but came up four strokes short. It was a great learning experience for the young guys and something we will be able to carry over to next season."
Freshman Thomas Perrot led the Tigers in the third round with a 2-under-par 70 to tie for 57th with a three-round score to 222 (+6). Junior Will Pearson led Memphis with a 213 (-3) over the three-day event, tying for 20th after carding a 73 on the final day of competition. Sophomore Cory Gaylord finished one stroke behind at 214 after a 71 in the third round to tie for 23rd.
The Tigers end their season with five top-five finishes while making their third-straight regional appearance. Memphis returns seven letterwinners for the 2013-14 season, including four of the five players that competed in Pullman. The Tigers also bring in three newcomers to complete next season's roster.