Men's Golf Looks to Build Off Last Year's Success
Aug. 30, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -The University of Memphis men's golf team will look to make the 2012-13 season another memorable one as the team returns eight letterwinners from a squad that captured its first Conference USA title and made the school's first trip to the NCAA Championships in 24 years.
The Tigers will begin their 2012-13 season on Sunday, Sept. 2, in Verona, N.Y., at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Missouri. The Tigers will compete at the Turning Stone Resort and be joined by 12 other teams. The team will play two rounds on Sunday before wrapping up the tournament on Monday.
Senior Steve Lee and juniors Will Pearson and Grant Milner return this year as three of the five golfers that made their first NCAA Championship appearance last season. Lee competed in all 13 tournaments for the Tigers, finishing the year with a stroke average of 74.3. Pearson joined the team last January, finishing in the top-15 three times during the spring. Milner competed in 10 tournaments for the Tigers, posting a top-10 finish at the Louisiana Classics with a 54-hole score of 214.
Carlson Cox and Lexus Keoninh round out the senior class for Memphis, and will add depth to the Tiger roster this year. Last season, Keoninh played in three tournaments for the U of M, capturing one top-10 finish at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate, which Memphis won. Cox was limited to one tournament appearance last year, firing 233 at the Memphis Intercollegiate to place 36th.
Junior Erwan Vieilledent and sophomores Cory Gaylord and Alex Hoffman complete the returners for the Tigers this season. Vieilledent saw action in three tournaments last year for the U of M, having his best performance come at the Mason Rudolph Championship where he fired 225. Last season, Gaylord began his collegiate career with a third-place finish at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate to open the season. Gaylord and Hoffman both competed in four tournaments during the 2011-12 season, averaging 75.4 and 74.7, respectively.
John Luke Tyner and Drew Greenwood represent the freshman class for the 2012-13 Tigers.Tyner sat out last season as a redshirt, while Greenwood comes to Memphis from Hot Springs, Ark. While at Lakeside High School, Greenwood won the 2009 Arkansas 5A State Championship.
The Tigers were active on the links this summer as six golfers continued to perfect their game in preparation for the season. Memphis was well-represented at the Tennessee State Amateur Tournament as Cox tied for seventh and Lee tied for eighth in front of teammates Pearson and Keoninh, who both finished in 12th place. Tyner had a strong summer as he won the Tennessee State Amateur Match Play Championship and had a top-10 finish at the Spirit of America Amateur. Tyner also finished in the top-20 at the Greystone Invitational and top-25 at the Tennessee State Amateur.
Milner also represented the Tigers at the Tennessee State Amateur, finishing in the top-25. During the summer, Milner also made the cut at the Southern Amateur while Hoffman finished in the top-20 at the North-South Amateur and tied for 11th at the Eastern Amateur.
In addition to the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate, Memphis will compete in four other tournaments this fall with the Gopher Invitational, Shoal Creek Intercollegiate, Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate and the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.
The Tigers will open up the spring season with the SunTrust Gator Invitational on Feb. 9-10 in Gainesville, Fla. The following week, the team will travel to Mobile, Ala., for the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of South Alabama. In March, the Tigers will see action at the Louisiana Classics and the Tiger Shootout at Auburn before hosting the Memphis Intercollegiate, Mar. 25-26, at the Colonial Country Club.
The Tigers will close out their pre-conference slate with the Old Waverly Intercollegiate, Apr. 8-9 in West Point, Miss. The Conference USA Championships will be held Apr. 21-23 in Texarkana, Ark., at the Texarkana Country Club.
Results from the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate will be posted at GoTigersGo.com at the conclusion of each day of competition.