Men's Golf Scores Lowest Third Round of Tournament, Places Seventh
April 1, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Missouri State men's golf team finished in seventh place out of fifteen schools at the Memphis Intercollegiate with rounds of 306-304-292--902.
The 292 that the Bears shot on Tuesday's final round was the low of the day and helped propel the Bears from tenth at the end of Monday to seventh at the conclusion of the tournament.
"The guys played well today and showed some toughness out there," said head coach Neal Stafford. "There are a lot of positives to take this week, we just have to finish our rounds a little better and keep building towards a conference championship."
Tournament hosts Memphis maintained their lead to win the three-round competition. The Tigers shot 289-287-298--874 and were the only school to not record a round of 300 or above.
South Alabama (288-299-302--889) finished in second, followed by Louisiana (295-303-294--892), Cincinnati (290-299-307--896), Arkansas State (295-294-307--896), Austin Peay (304-297-296--897), and the Bears.
All six Missouri State golfers (with Mark Karlson marked as an individual) shot 6-over or lower on Tuesday. Memphis also matched the accomplishment with their five scoring players, but not all of their individuals were at 78 or below for the third round.
Sophomore Joey Johnson recorded his second consecutive ninth place finish for the Bears. Johnson carded 77-74-70--221 and tied for ninth with six other golfers at 5-over. Entering the day tied for 29th, Johnson used a Tuesday round-low 70, 2-under to jump twenty spots in the standings.
Eric Straub recorded his third top-20 finish of the season after shooting 74-75-75--224 and tying for 18th.
The remaining Missouri State team golfers were Mitch Mather (78-78-74--230), Nick Langley (77-77-78--232), and Brik Brauburger (82-78-73--233). Individually for the Bears, Mark Karlsen carded 79-81-77--82.
Louisiana won the Memphis Intercollegiate after shooting 1-under par, 75-70-70--215, while Austin Peay's Marco Iten (74-71-72--217) placed second. A trio of Memphis Tigers, Cory Gaylord (70-70-78--218), Florian Loutre (71-71-76--218), and Will Pearson (72-71-76--218), tied for third with Andrew Bailey (72-76-70--218) of Cleveland State.
The Colonial Country Club is a historic course, which dates back to its opening in 1914. The PGA Tour has strong ties to this course. For two decades, the "Memphis Open" which later evolved into what it now known as the FedEx St. Jude Classic, was played on this course. Memorable moments include President Gerald Ford's 1977 Celebrity Pro-Am hole-in-one and Al Geiberger's record low round of 59 occurring two days later.
Missouri State will next compete at the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate in Nashville, Tenn. on April 14-15, before heading to the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at the end of the month.