Men's Golf Finishes 11th at Landfall Tradition
Oct. 31, 2004
Wilmington, N.C. - The Memphis men's golf team shot a 1-over par 289 as a team in the third and final round of the Landfall Tradition on Sunday morning and finished the tournament in 11th place with a score of 17-over 881. It was the final tournament of the fall for the Tigers. Michigan State won the tournament by firing the low round of the day for the second straight round with a 3-under 285 to finish the tournament at 13-under.
The Tigers, which had won their first three tournaments of the fall, fell behind after the first day of the tournament and were never able to recover against the strongest field they have faced this year. The tournament field featured five teams, including Memphis, ranked in the Golfweek top 25 rankings. However, the Tigers did put together their best team round in the final round after shooting a pair of 8-over 296's in the first two rounds.
Individually, Andy Shiels shot his best round of the tournament, a 2-under 70 to lead the Tigers in the final round. Keven Fortin-Simard shot an even-par 72, his second even-par round of the tournament, and Justin Miers came up with his second straight round of 1-over 73. Allan Thomas shot a final round of 2-over 74 and Ian Rochester rounded out the Tigers with a 4-over 76.
Both Fortin-Simard (72-76-72) and Thomas (70-76-74) were the top finishers for Memphis, coming in tied for 28th place with a three-day total of 4-over 220. Shiels climbed 16 spots on the leaderboard with his final round 70 and finished in a tie for 35th with a 7-over 223 (75-78-70). Both Miers (80-73-73) and Rochester (79-71-76) tied for 44th at 10-over 226. The individual medalist was Ryan Blaum of Duke, who shot 8-under 208 (68-71-69) for the tournament. This was the first tournament of the year that Memphis did not have at least one round of below 70.
"We're definitely disappointed with the way we played but I was encouraged the way we hung in there today and played our best round of the tournament even though we didn't have much to play for," said Memphis coach Grant Robbins. "That is some thing we can build on heading into the off-season. This weekend also shows that we still have long way to go to reach the postseason in the spring."
"Overall, however, I couldn't ask for anything more as far the entire fall goes," Robbins continued. "Some adversity this weekend doesn't take away from the great start to our fall season. But not we have to move forward knowing that we still have a lot of work to do."
The Tigers will next compete at the Rice Intercollegiate on February 7-8 in Houston, Texas.