Tigers are Tri-Winners of Radrick Farms Intercollegiate
Sept. 12, 2004
Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Memphis men's golf team completed an impressive showing at its season opening tournament on Sunday, shooting a final round 293, the fourth-lowest round of the day, to clinch a three-way tie for first place at the Michigan Radrick Farms Intercollegiate. The Tigers, who won just one tournament title last year in addition to a dual meet, tied for the victory (297-281-293) with both Wisconsin (297-285-289) and Purdue (291-285-295), who all shot a three-round total of a 7-over 871 to win by seven strokes over fourth-place Georgia State.
Individually, the medalist of the tournament was Tiger freshman Keven Fortin-Simard, who shot a final round 1-under 71 to finish the tournament with a 5-under 211 (71-69-71). He was one of just five golfers to finish the event under par and was the only golfer of the tournament to shoot under par in all three rounds. He won the tournament by three stokes over three different players tied for second.
After getting off to a bit of a rough start by bogeying two of the first three holes, Fortin-Simard birdied both #6 and #8. After staying at 1-over for much of the round, he ended the tournament by birdieing two of the last three holes, including the 429-yard par 4 18th, which played as the toughest hole on the course. He put his approach shot within four feet of the hole and the tapped in for birdie to complete the victory in his first collegiate tournament.
"Keven played extremely well. He had a rough start but he was able to put it together on the back side," said Memphis coach Grant Robbins.
The Tigers, who shot a low round of seven-under 281 in the second round yesterday, trailed first-place Purdue by two strokes going into the final round and led third-place Wisconsin by four strokes. The Tigers topped Purdue by two strokes in the final round but Wisconsin shot the low round of the day, a 1-over 289 to move into the tie for first.
Another pair of newcomers led the remainder of the Memphis individuals. Freshman Andy Shiels fired an even-par 72 to finish the tournament in a four-way tie for ninth place with 217 (75-70-72). Junior walk-on Justin Miers, a transfer from Middle Tennessee State, finished just one shot back of Shiels in a five-way tie for 13th place by shooting a two-under par 70 in the final round to finish with a 218 (76-72-70). Rounding out the scorers for the Tigers was senior Allan Thomas, who struggled to a final round 80 but still finished a respectable 9-over par in a tie for 45th with a three-day total of 225 (75-70-80). Clayton Ellis was the final Tiger to participate at the tournament and he finished with a 234 (78-74-82) in a tie for 73rd.
"I didn't quite know what to expect this weekend with having so many newcomers in the lineup but I was very pleased with the outcome," said Robbins. "I was very impressed with poise of the newcomers."
The Tigers next compete on October 4-5 when they host the Memphis Intercollegiate at the Colonial Country Club.