Tigers Conclude Fall Season at St. Mary's College Invitational
Nov. 8, 2009
The University of Memphis men's golf teams goes out west this week to compete in the St. Mary's College Invitational, held at the historic par-72, 6,857 yard Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, CA. After finishing T7 at the Memphis Intercollegiate, the Tigers look to wrap up their fall season with a strong showing this week.
This year's St. Mary's College Invitational features a 16-team field: St. Mary's (#78), Cal Poly, Denver, Fresno State (#56), Loyola Marymount, Marquette, Memphis, Nevada (#76), Oregon State (#13), Pacific (#95), Portland, San Diego (#45), San Francisco, UC-Irvine (#79), UC-Santa Barbara, and Wisconsin.
Last year, San Francisco won the team event with a score of 855 (+3). Wisconsin was the runner up, five strokes back at 860 (+8). UC Santa Barbara finished in third with a total of 861 (+9). Domingo Jolojo of San Francisco captured medalist honors with a score of 207 (-6). Brian Harris of UC Irvine (208/-5) and Matt Grush of UC-Santa Barbara (211/-2) finished second and third, respectively.
The Tigers return to the event for the first time since 2007, when they finished T6 with team scores of 305-282-301. Memphis was lead by Ian Rochester, who fired rounds of 74-71-70 to finish second individually.
The Memphis lineup this week features five underclassmen, including three freshmen. Carlson Cox, Steve Lee, Lexus Keoninh , Jonathan Fly, and Jack Belote all look to have strong showings to finish off the fall season.
-Cox is competing in his fourth event for Memphis this fall. At the Memphis Intercollegiate, Cox competed as an individual, turning in scores of 76-72-71 for a career low finish of fourth.
-Lee makes his third appearance for the Tigers this fall. Thus far, Lee has turned in scores of 68-73-72 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate to finish T21, and 76-71-73 to finish seventh at the Memphis Intercollegiate.
-Keoninh is coming off his best tournament as a Tiger at the Memphis Intercollegiate, where he posted rounds of 76-73-74 to finish 14th individually and lead the Tigers to a seventh place team finish.
-Fly has been Memphis's most consistent performer this season, competing in every event and posting two top-10 finishes. After posting back-to-back top 10's at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate (T7) and Mason Rudolph Championship (T10), Fly finished T32 at the Memphis Intercollegiate with rounds of 81-73-73.
-Belote is the only other Tiger besides Fly to have competed in every event this fall. He posted a low finish of T14 at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate with rounds of 70-70, and carded rounds of 81-78-72 to finish T50 at the Memphis Intercollegiate.
The 2009 St. Mary's College Invitational begins Monday, November 9 at 7:30 a.m. (PT) with a shotgun start. Teams will play 36 holes Monday and 18 on Tuesday.
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