Tigers finish T7 in the Memphis Intercollegiate
Oct. 20, 2009
Paced by freshman Lexus Keoninh’s rounds of 76-73-74, the University of Memphis golf team finished seventh in the 2009 Memphis Intercollegiate. Keoninh’s tournament total of 223 (+7) left him in T14.
Senior Jeff Hall posted rounds of 74-78-74 to finish in a tie for 26th. After struggling to an opening round 81, Jonathan Fly came back with two consecutive 73’s to finish T32. Jack Belote (81-78-72) and Stefan Erdidi (81-78-73) finished in T50 and T53, respectively.
After a windy day on Monday, conditions were perfect Tuesday, resulting in much lower scores across the board. Colonial Country Club’s South Course still gave players fits, however, as the average score in round three was just under 76.
The Tigers posted team totals of 312-302-292 in the event and finished in a tie for seventh place with Mississippi State (307-302-297) and Wisconsin (314-293-299).
South Alabama (296-293-293) overcame day one leader Southern Miss to claim victory. Arkansas-Little Rock (302-302-283) fired a round three team low of 283 in the final round to finish second. Southern Miss (301-292-301) finished twelve strokes back in third. Iowa State (304-299-296) and Denver (309-292-299) round out the top five.
Marc-Ettienne Bussieries of South Alabama (71-69-67) tore up the South Course Tuesday, firing a tournament low 67 in the final round to add to take the individual crown by ten strokes. Espen Kofstad of Denver, the #49 ranked individual in the country, fired rounds of 76-70-71 to finish second. Karsten Clements of Louisville finished third with rounds of 74-71-73.
The Tigers also had five golfers competing as individuals in the tournament. Carlson Cox posted rounds 76-72-71 to finish in a tie for fourth, the lowest finish of his career. Steve Lee finished in a tie for seventh with scores of 76-71-73, also the lowest finish of his career. Kody Alexander posted rounds of 80-81-74 to finish T64. Philip Breeding (82-75-83) and Parker Rush (84-77-80) finished 81st and T82, respectively.
Memphis now has three weeks off before traveling to Pebble Beach, California for the Poppy Hills Invitational, the final event of the fall season for the Tigers.
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