Courington Aces 15th Hole in First Round of the Rice Intercollegiate, Men in Ninth
The Missouri State men’s golf team finished the first 36 holes of the Rice Intercollegiate in ninth place with 18-hole team totals of 295-302 for a total of 597 on Monday. Sophomore Jack Courington carded the first ace of his collegiate career on the 15th hole, a 191-yard par three. He posted the only hole-in-one of the first round.
The Rice Intercollegiate is the first tournament of the 2009 spring season for the Bears. It is being played on the par 72, 7184-yard Westwood Golf Club in Houston, Texas. The 54-hole, two-day tournament is comprised of 15 strong teams. Houston is leading the team competition with a 36-hole total of 575. In a tie for second are Pacific and Liberty each with 586 strokes. Currently in fourth is San Francisco with a team total of 589. The Bears are seven strokes behind North Carolina and Rice, which are in a tie for fifth place. In seventh and eighth are Louisiana-Lafayette (593) and Nebraska (595), respectively.
Courington and junior teammate Jay McBride led the team for the first 18 holes of the 36-hole day with rounds of 73. McBride posted a second round 74 to finish first for the Bears with a 36-hole total of 147. He is tied for 17th place individually out of 77 golfers. Courington, tied in 21st place, finished with a two-round total of 148. Only two strokes behind Courington was freshman Jordan McLaurin with consistent rounds of 75 for an individual total of 150. He is tied in 29th place after the first day. Also for the Bears was junior Scott Glenn, finishing the day tied for 56th with rounds of 74-81155. Sophomore Matt Cermak is tied in 68th place and posted rounds of 80-78 for a total of 158.
The Bears will complete the final 18 holes of competition Tuesday, with a shotgun start scheduled for 8:30 a.m.