Men's Golf Begins Spring at SunTrust Gator Invitational
Go Tigers! Grant Milner and the Tigers are one of eight teams in the field that advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2012.
Go Tigers!
Grant Milner and the Tigers are one of eight teams in the field that advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2012.
Go Tigers!

Feb. 7, 2013



SunTrust Gator Invitational

Hosted by University of Florida

Mark Bostick Golf Course - Gainesville, Fla.

February 9-10

 8 a.m. (ET)

Live Scoring

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After claiming their first-ever Conference USA title and first trip to the NCAA Championships in the past 24 years, the Memphis men's golf team has their eyes set on greater success in 2013.

The Tigers open the spring season Saturday at the SunTrust Gator Invitational on the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida. Like during the fall season, Memphis faces another tough field down in Gainesville. Florida (No. 4), Arkansas (No. 12), Liberty (No. 21) and Florida State (No. 23) all ended the fall season ranked in the top-25 while Georgia Southern received votes in the final poll. Also in the field will be Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lamar, Mississippi State, North Florida, South Alabama, UAB and UCF. The teams will play 36 holes on Saturday before the final 18 on Sunday.

"We are looking forward to competing this weekend," said head coach Grant Robbins. "It's a strong field and will be a great opportunity for us to get the spring off to a good start."

Memphis Lineup
Memphis will be represented by senior Lexus Keoninh, juniors Grant Milner and Will Pearson, sophomore Cory Gaylord and freshman newcomer Thomas Perrot.

Keoninh, Milner and Pearson competed in all five tournaments in the fall for the Tigers. Milner captured his first collegiate title with a win at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in October and was eventually named Conference USA Men's Golfer of the Week. Pearson was consistent throughout the fall for the Tigers with four top-20 finishes and three top-10 finishes, while Keoninh had his best finish come at the Turning Stone Tiger Invitational when he tied for third in the team's opening tournament. Gaylord appeared in three tournaments in the fall with a top-25 finish at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. Perrot will be making his debut for the Tigers after joining the team in January. The Paris, France native competed in several international tournaments before his arrival to The Bluff City and will provide more depth for the Tigers this season.

Setting Their Mark
Will Pearson, Grant Milner, Steve Lee and Carlson Cox rank in the top-10 all-time in lowest career average. Jonathan Fly is the school record holder with a 72.3 average during his three years (2010-12) at the U of M. Pearson is currently tied for fourth with a 73.8 alongside former teammate Jack Belote while Milner holds a 74.1 average for eighth-best in Memphis history. Lee is averaging 74.3 and Cox has a 74.4 for ninth and tenth, respectively.

Golfer Career Average
1. Jonathan Fly 72.3
T2. Keven Fortin-Simard 73.2
T2. Allan Thomas 73.2
T4. Ian Rochester 73.8
T4. Jack Belote 73.8
T4. Will Pearson 73.8
7. Alan Weant 73.9
8. Grant Milner 74.1
9. Steve Lee 74.3
T10. Carlson Cox 74.4
T10. David Jeans 74.4
T10. Sean Madden 74.4

Upcoming Tournaments
Following the SunTrust Gator Invitational, the Tigers will head to Mobile, Ala., for the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, Feb. 18-19, hosted by the University of South Alabama.

Connect with the Tigers
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