Tigers Try to Get Back on Track at Mason Rudolph
Oct. 22, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After a tenth place finish at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate Oct. 8 in Indianapolis, Ind., the University of Memphis men's golf team will look to rebound when they head to Nashville for the Mason Rudolph Invitational hosted by Vanderbilt this Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
"We are looking forward to competing again after a disappointing performance in Indiana," head coach Grant Robbins said. "This is a much different lineup and hopefully we can be a little more consistent. I feel very good about this team and we are looking to end the fall on a positive note"
Junior Ian Rochester will play in the number one spot to start the week, after recording the lowest Tiger finish at Wolf Run. Rochester tied for 13th with a 223 (76-70-77) and was the only Tiger golfer in the top-20.
Rochester will be followed by sophomore Brad Benjamin, who narrowly missed out on the top-20 at Wolf Run by tying for 27th. Benjamin's 54-hole total of 231(74-77-80) was just two strokes behind the top-20.
Junior Kyle Ritchie returns to the Tiger lineup for the first time since the Scenic City Invitational on Sept. 12. Ritchie finished fifth among the Tigers with a 239 (79-82-78).
A pair of freshman will make their college debuts in the fourth and fifth spots for the Tigers.
Mark Trow will play as the number four golfer in his first tournament this week. The Oswestry, Wales, native was ranked the top junior amateur in Wales before enrolling at Memphis.
Kyle Peterman rounds out the lineup by teeing off fifth. Peterman, a native of Sherman, Ill., hopes to keep the form that led him to win his regional all four years at Williamsville High School.
The Mason Rudolph Invitational tees off on Sunday with the opening round set to begin at 8:00 a.m. central time. The tournament continues with the second and third rounds to be played Monday and Tuesday, respectively.