Men's Golf Finishes 10th at Spring Opener in Houston
The Missouri State men's golf team shot a final-round 306 Tuesday (Feb. 16) and finished 10th of 15 teams in its spring opener, the Rice Intercollegiate in Houston, Texas. The Bears, who dropped two places on the final day, shot 319-306-306--931 in three trips around the par 72, 7184-yard layout at the Westwood Golf Club.
The host Owls cruised to a 19-stroke victory over runnerup Auburn, 886-905, with Pacific placing third at 909. Kansas moved up four spots on the final day to finish fourth at 921, followed by Nebraska at 923, Florida Gulf Coast 924, Houston 927, Louisiana Tech 928, Miami (Ohio) 929, the Bears at 931, Northern Colorado 933, New Orleans 935, Louisiana-Monroe 943, Houston Baptist 952 and Hartford 999.
Rice's Christopher Brown emerged from a three-way tie for the lead to capture medalist honors with a final-round 69, four better than teammate Michael Whitehead. The Bears' Will Hogan started off the spring with his third top-10 finish in the last four tournaments dating back to the fall, shooting 74-77-73--224 to tie for sixth place. Senior Jay McBride was next for MSU, tying for 22nd after carding 81-73-77--231. Next came junior Jack Courington with 82-74-76--232 and a tie for 31st, followed by Matt Cermak at 82-82-85--249 and a tie for 74th, and senior Scott Glenn at 86-84-80--250 and 76th place.
The Bears are now idle until the USF Invitational in Tampa, Fla., Mar. 5-7.