Sept. 30, 2005
Memphis Intercollegiate Notes in PDF Format
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Memphis Intercollegiate Tournament Program in PDF Format
The Tigers host the Memphis Intercollegiate for the second straight year at the Colonial Country Club South Course this Monday and Tuesday, October 3-4. It will be the second tournament of the year for the Tigers, who finished ninth at their first tournament of the year, the Gopher Invitational in Wayzata, Minn. The Tigers are the defending champions of this event. This is the second year of the Memphis Intercollegiate, which began again last year after a one-year hiatus. Prior to that, it was known as the Hillman Robbins Memorial Intercollegiate.
There will be 36 holes played on Monday beginning with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. Tuesday will consist of 18 holes with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. off both #1 and #10. There will be practice rounds on Sunday morning with a College-Am tournament in the afternoon.
Tournament Field (15)
Arkansas-Little Rock, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan, Marshall, Memphis, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Penn State, South Alabama, USF, Southern Miss, Tulane, Wisconsin
The Colonial Country Club, a private course located in eastern Shelby County, served as the venue for the FedEx St. Jude Classic on the PGA Tour for 19 years prior to its moving to its current location, the TPC at Southwind. Colonial also features a North Course. Both courses were built on rolling terrain and have water hazards that come into play on many holes. Numerous trees line up and down the narrow fairways leading up to the average-sized greens. The Joe Finger-designed course consists of Bent grass greens and Bermuda grass fairways and rough. The par 72 South Course that will play at 7,249 yards for this tournament was not only the home of the FedEx St. Jude Classic but also was the site of Al Geiberger's historic 59 and President Gerald Ford's hole-in-one during the 1976 tournament. Past winners of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at the Colonial Country Club included such notable players as Curtis Strange, Lee Trevino, Jerry Pate, Raymond Floyd, and Hal Sutton.
The Tigers return seven lettermen from last year, including three players that started at least five tournaments. Keven Fortin-Simard (10 starts), Ian Rochester (7 starts), and Robbie Greenwell (5 starts), all saw plenty of action last year while Clayton Ellis also appeared in five tournaments.
The Tigers are coming off a ninth place finish at their first tournament of the year, the Gopher Invitational in Wayzata, Minn. two weekends ago. Memphis was tied for fifth place entering the final round but put up a 79, 80, and 83 in the final round to fall to ninth in a field that featured 10 teams that qualified for NCAA Regionals last year. Despite the disappointing finish, Memphis did defeat the other two Conference USA schools in the field, SMU and UAB.
Fortin-Simard had the best tournament for Memphis in Minnesota, averaging a 72.67 in his three rounds to finish in a tie for sixth place. Rochester and Regenold each averaged a 77.
Fortin-Simard led the Tigers in stroke average last year, averaging 73.8 strokes per round. Rochester was second at 74.9. Memphis had four different individual medalists last year, two of which -- Fortin-Simard and Rochester -- return to the Tigers this year. Memphis won three tournaments last year -- its first three fall tournaments of the year, including the Memphis Intercollegiate -- and finished in second place in two others. The Tigers were seventh in Conference USA.
Starting Lineup for Memphis Intercollegiate
(Number of 2005-06 starts in parenthesis) [2004-05 starts in brackets]
1. Keven Fortin-Simard (2) 
2. Ian Rochester (2) 
3. Mike Regenold (2) 
4. Lewis Clarke (1) 
5. Josh Ray (1) [freshman]
Individual - Robbie Greenwell
Individual - Clayton Ellis
- Keven Fortin-Simard, Ian Rochester, and Mike Regenold will each make their second starts of the season, as all three all started at the Gopher Invitational as well.
- Fortin-Simard will be making his 12th straight start, as he has started in every tournament of his career. All but one start have come at the #1 position.
- Rochester will make his ninth straight start. He started the final seven tournaments last year and now the first two this year.
- Lewis Clarke will make his first start of the year. He started in just one tournament last year, that coming at the LSU Spring Invitational.
- Freshman Josh Ray makes his collegiate debut in the #5 position. He was one of three Tiger golfers that qualified for the U.S. Amateur this past summer.
- Robbie Greenwell, who will compete as an individual, made his first collegiate start in the Memphis Intercollegiate last year.
- Clayton Ellis will also compete as an individual. The Memphis native also played as an individual at the Memphis Intercollegiate a year ago. He started three tournaments and competed in two as an individual last year. He also started at the Gopher Invitational two weeks ago.
This week's tournament will be the first of two tournaments that the Tigers will defend a title at this year. Memphis won the Memphis Intercollegiate last year. They will defend their second tournament crown this year next week at the Missouri Bluffs Classic.
Tigers Fail to Move up in Final Round
Last year, Memphis never fell below its position on the leaderboard from the second round to the third round. Not once did the Tigers finish below where they stood at the conclusion of the second round as they either held their position or moved up in the third round. That trend did not continue at this year's first tournament, as Memphis was tied for fifth at the end of the second round but fell to ninth to finish the tournament.
Fortin-Simard Posts Another Top 10 Finish
Sophomore Keven Fortin-Simard placed in the top 10 at the Gopher Invitational with a sixth-place tie. It was the fifth top 10 finish of his career at Memphis. Four of those five top 10 finishes have now come during the fall seasons.
Tigers Stand Out Over Summer
Four different Tiger golfers had a standout summer. Keven Fortin-Simard, Clayton Ellis, and Josh Ray all qualified for the U.S. Amateur. Both Fortin-Simard and Ellis won their sectionals to qualify while Ray finished second. At the Amateur, Fortin-Simard advanced to the first round of match play.
Fortin-Simard also won the Quebec Amateur in Montreal and advanced to the second round of the Canadian Amateur.
Ian Rochester won the Memphis Publinks Championship by six strokes.
About the Tournament Field
Arkansas-Little Rock: This is the third tournament of the year for the Trojans. They have posted a pair of 13th place finishes in their previous two tournaments. Juan Sanz leads the team so far in stroke average at 73.7 while Lee Sanders is second at 75.5.
Finishes: Ferrell/Cobb Mean Green Classic (North Texas) - 13th of 14
Cardinal Intercollegiate (Louisville) - 13th of 14
Iowa: The Hawkeyes have played in two tournaments so far this year and have placed in the top five in each of them. Cole Peevler, a freshman, leads Iowa in scoring average 69.8 through six rounds, which included a low round of 65 and a second place finish at the Wolverine Invitational. He also finished fifth at the Hawkeyes' other tournament.
Finishes: Hawkeye Intercollegiate (Iowa) - 2nd of 9
Wolverine Invitational (Michigan) - 5th of 15
Iowa State: The Cyclones will be participating in their third tournament of the year. They finished 11th in their last tournament, the Adams Cup of Newport. Joe Cermak owns the top Iowa State individual finish in those two previous tournaments, a 31st place showing.
Finishes: William Tucker Invite (New Mexico) - 20th of 20
Adams Cup of Newport (Rhode Island) - 11th of 16
Kansas State: The Wildcats are coming off an excellent performance at their last tournament and will also be playing in their third tournament of the year. They finished fourth at the Wolverine Invitational where they recorded the third-lowest 54-hole score in school history. Ben Kern leads KSU in stroke average at 69.0, with five of his six rounds so far this year being below 70. He finished second at the Cleveland State Invitational.
Finishes: Cleveland State Invitational (Cleveland State) - 8th of 17
Wolverine Invitational (Michigan) - 4th of 15
Marshall: The Thundering Herd, one of four Conference USA schools participating in this event, have played in two tournaments so far this year with a 12th place finish being their best at the Adams Cup of Newport. Shawn Warren is Marshall's top golfer, sporting a 75.5 scoring average through six competitive rounds of golf.
Finishes: Mid-Pines Intercollegiate (UNC-Greensboro) - T16th of 20
Adams Cup of Newport (Rhode Island) - 12th of 16
Michigan: The Wolverines are coming off a tournament victory at their own Wolverine Invitational, where they topped a field of 15 teams. They also have a third-place finish to their credit. Christian Vozza was the individual medalist at Michigan's tournament while Brian Ottenweller leads the team in scoring average at 69.3.
Finishes: Hawkeye Intercollegiate (Iowa) - 3rd of 9
Wolverine Invitational (Michigan) - 1st of 15
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs have played in one tournament and one dual match so far this year. They finished 11th and then were beaten by Ole Miss in the dual match. Carlos Sainz, Jr. leads the team in stroke average at 70.5.
Finishes: Tennessee Tournament of Champions (Tennessee) - 11th of 14
Magnolia Cup (vs. Ole Miss) - 2nd of 2
Nebraska: The Cornhuskers won their first tournament of the year, their own Fairway Club Invitational and then finished 10th at their second tournament. Brady Schnell and Judd Cornell lead the team in scoring at 72.67 and 73.17, respectively.
Finishes: Fairway Club Invitational (Nebraska) - 1st of 13
Inverness Intercollegiate (Toledo) - 10th of 15
Penn State: The Nittany Lions have played in two tournaments so far this year. They have 10th and ninth-place finishes to their credit. Robert Rohanna has been the top Penn State finisher in both of PSU's two tournaments this year, including one top 10 finish.
Finishes: Cleveland State Invitational (Cleveland State) - 10th of 17
Wolverine Invitational (Michigan) - 9th of 15
South Alabama: The Jaguars have played in just one tournament so far this year and they finished tied for sixth at the Reynolds Plantation Classic. Jonny Caldwell and Daniel Burns were the top finishers for USA with a tie for 16th place.
Finishes: Reynolds Plantation Classic (USA/Mercer) - T6th of 10
USF: The Bulls have played twice this year, with a fifth-place finish at the Adams Cup of Newport being their best finish. They also placed sixth at the Reynolds Plantation Classic. Justin Fetcho owns the best finish for USF this year, a seventh place showing the Adams Cup.
Finishes: Reynolds Plantation Classic (USA/Mercer) - T6th of 10
Adams Cup of Newport (Rhode Island) - 5th of 16
Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles were scheduled to play in two tournaments prior to the Memphis Intercollegiate put withdrew from one due to Hurricane Katrina. In their only tournament so far, Southern Miss won the Reynolds Plantation Classic, shooting the lowest round of any team in the final round. Danny Dennis finished tied for second while Justin Elliott also placed in the top 10.
Finishes: Reynolds Plantation Classic (USA/Mercer) - 1st of 10
Tulane: This will be the first tournament of the year for the Green Wave, who are making their fall home at SMU after being evacuated from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina. Tulane was scheduled to play in a tournament at UL-Monroe earlier this year but that tournament was postponed. Michael Thompson is Tulane's top golfer, as he won two tournaments last year, averaged 72.4 strokes per round, and qualified as an individual for the NCAA Regionals.
Wisconsin: The Badgers come to Memphis with two tournaments under their belt with a 14th place finish being their best so far. Garrett Jones had been Wisconsin's top finisher in each of its two tournaments, with a tied for fourth being his best finish.
Finishes: Cleveland State Invitational (Cleveland State) - 14th of 17
Wolverine Invitational (Michigan) - 15th of 15
This year's tournament field has nine teams in addition to Memphis that also played in the Memphis Intercollegiate last year. Listed below are those teams and the places in which they finished at last season's event.
Mississippi State 6th
Arkansas-Little Rock 8th
Southern Miss 9th
Penn State 10th
Iowa State 11th
South Alabama 12th
Other Tournament Facts
- Three teams in the tournament field qualified for an NCAA Regional last year. Those teams are Kansas State, Penn State, and South Alabama.
- This will be the first time this year that Memphis is facing any of the teams in this tournament.
- Memphis will see nine teams in the tournament field again this year at future tournaments. Those teams are Iowa, Iowa State, Marshall, Michigan, Mississippi State, South Alabama, USF, Southern Miss, and Tulane.
Memphis will return to action next Monday and Tuesday when the Tigers return to defend their tournament title at the Missouri Bluffs Classic in St. Charles, Mo. Memphis won the event hosted by the University of Missouri last year at the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club located in suburban St. Louis.