| Michael Whitehead
Played in all 50 tournaments Rice competed in as a team over four-year career in addition to playing as an individual at the 2011 NCAA Regionals ... lowered his stroke average each of his four seasons at Rice, finishing with a 73.60 strokes per round average ... during career tallied a total of 24, Top 20 performances including 14, Top 10s ... since the beginning of the 2010 spring season posted 17, Top 20 finishes over his last 22 tournaments ... has had 12, Top 10s over the past year and a half ... over career had 18 rounds in which he scored in the 60s ... second straight NCAA Regional Tournament culminated a busy week for the senior ... the Saturday prior to the regional received his bachelor's degree during the 98th Commencement of Rice University ... the following Monday advanced to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open by tying for sixth, then shooting par on the first playoff hole at a local stage qualifier played at Lakeside Country Club in Houston.
Was the odd man out in a three-golfer playoff for the final two spots to play in the U.S. Open through the 36-hole Sectional Qualifier played on the Blue Course at the Dallas Athletic Club on June 6 ... birdied three of his final four holes of golf in regulation to get to four-under par for the day (68-68-136) and set up a playoff with professionals Harrison Frazar and Greg Chalmers ... was the first alternate out of the sectional ... a day later, Tiger Woods announced he would not compete in the U.S. Open and Whitehead received a call from the USGA extending an invitation to be a part of the 156-player field ... will compete at the U.S. Open June 13-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
Selected the 2011 Conference USA Golfer of the Year by the league's head coaches ... also named to the All-Conference USA First Team ... was honored for his achievements both in the classroom and on the golf course when he was selected to the Conference USA All-Academic Team ... finished senior year with a 71.18 strokes per round average, playing in 38 rounds ... highlighting the senior's season was a win at the 60th Border Olympics played at the Laredo Country Club in March ... fired a final-round, 10-under par en route to a two-stroke victory at the tournament ... the 62 set a Rice record for an 18-hole round and also established a new Laredo Country Club course record ... finished the tournament with a 19-under par 197, three-round score ... monumental performance led him to being honored by Golfweek as well as sharing Golf Digest's Player of the Week honors ... for the second straight week and fifth time during the season was named the Conference USA Men's Golfer of the Week ... before winning the Border Olympics, had come close to individual titles on more than one occasion during the year ... a week earlier during sank seven birdie putts en route to a final-round 66 which propelled him into a tie for second at the University of Oregon's Duck Invitational ... began the final 18-hole circuit tied for 11th, seven strokes back of the first-day leader ... with the tournament utilizing a shotgun start, began the final round on the back nine, after making the turn scored birdies on four of the first five holes on the Eugene Country Club's front nine ... finished the tournament with a three-round score of 209 (-7), two strokes back of the individual champion ... also during the spring season tied for fifth at the 11th Rice Intercollegiate with a seven-under par 209 (72-71-66) and placed sixth at the LaTech Bulldog Classic ... shot a 218 at the LaTech tournament (73-73-72) ... concluded his career as the No. 1 individual seed at the NCAA Regional played at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo. ... tournament was his second straight regional appearance ... tied for 16th with a three-round score of 215 (74-68-73).
After a 40th-place finish in the 2010-11 season opener in Hattiesburg, Miss., finished in the Top 10 of the last four tournaments of the fall ... Top 10 finishes began with a tie for fifth at the UTA/Waterchase Invitational ... shot a three-round, three-under par 213 (72-71-70) in Fort Worth ... posted back-to-back ties for second at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Intercollegiate and the Rod Myers Invitational hosted by Duke ... at Squire Creek Country Club, shot a one-under par 215 (66-78-71) for the first of two runner-up finishes ... in Durham, N.C., carded a four-under par 212 (68-71-73) ... tied for eighth at the David Toms Intercollegiate hosted by LSU ... finished with a three-round score of 212 (69-74-69) to cap the fall season.
Named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America ... one of three Rice golfers to play all 38 competitive rounds during the season for the Owls ... led Rice with a 73.47 strokes per round average for the season ... nine, Top 20 finishes including four, Top Fives also led the squad ... began the fall with a tie for fifth at the UTA/Waterchase Intercollegiate ... carded a one-under par 215 (73-71-71) as the Owls won the tournament by two strokes ... helped pace the Owls' to the team title by being one of three Rice golfers to birdie the final hole of the tournament ... tied for 19th at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Intercollegiate, carding a three-round score of 219 (75-71-73) ... was the Owls' top finisher at the Lone Start Invitational, finishing with a two-over par 218 (69-76-73) ... was the runner-up at the 10th Annual Rice Intercollegiate presented by Srixon ... shot a four-over par 220 (72-75-73) to finish second behind teammate Christopher Brown ... performance helped the Owls to their second team championship of the season ... tied for fifth at the J.L. Lewis Intercollegiate as the Owls finished second at the weather-shortened event ... had a four-over par, two-round score of 146 (72-74) on the par 71 course ... tied for 11th at back-to-back events - Louisiana Tech Bulldog Classic and the UALR/First Tee Collegiate Classic ... Owls' leading finisher at the Jim West Intercollegiate, posting a fifth-place finish with an even par 216 (71-71-74) ... tied for 10th at the Conference USA Golf Championship, helping Rice to a tie for second ... team finish was the Owls' best finish at a league championship since the 1930s ... shot a two-over par 218 at the conference championship (72-75-71).
One of only two Rice golfers to see action in all 12 events during the year ... over the course of 35 rounds had a 75.06 stroke average ... tied for 20th at the weather-shortened Memphis Intercollegiate in early October ... had a two-round score of 149 (+5) ... followed up an opening-round 78 with a one-under par 71 at the Memphis Intercollegiate ... tied individually for 34th at the Pacific Invitational as Rice wrapped up the fall season with a tie for third at the tournament played in Stockton, Calif. ... had an opening-round 69 at the Pacific Invitational before carding consecutive 76s for a three-round score of 221 (+8) ... top tournament finish of the year came during the spring at the 24th Louisiana Classics ... opened play at the Louisiana-Lafayette tournament with a 71-69 and finished in a tie for sixth with a 213 (-3) ... was named Conference USA's Golfer of the Week following the tournament ... closed out the year with a 16th-place finish at the Conference USA Championship ... began tournament play with an opening-round 69 ... went on to shoot an even-par 216 for the championship ... academically, named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for the second straight year.
Played in all 12 events of the year, averaging 75.19 strokes over 31 rounds ... closed out the year by tying for 17th at the Conference USA Championship ... was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team following the event ... closed out he season with a three-round score of 220 (+4) at the conference tournament ... had both a hole-in-one and an eagle on a par four during the final round of the championship ... best three-round score of the year was a one-over par 214 at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate played on the par 71 New Mexico State Golf Club ... tied for 27th at the 8th Rice Intercollegiate presented by Srixon with a three-round score of 225 ... competed in all five fall tournaments as a true freshman and was the Owls' top finisher in one event ... after rounds of 76 and 70 at the Herb Wimberly, fired a final-round 68 (season low) to card a 214 (+1) and finish in a tie for 23rd ... shot an eight-over par 224 in first three-round tournament of his career, the Louisiana Tech Squire Creek Classic ... tied for 50th at the LaTech tourney ... closed out the fall with a tie for 65th at the Pacific Invitational (75-79-74=228).
Began the year by advancing to the semifinals of the Houston Golf Association Collegiate Match Play Championship ... advanced to the semfinals by winning back-to-back matches a day earlier ... qualified for the event by finishing seventh in stroke play.
Won the Houston Golf Association's Collegiate Match Play Championship held at Cypress Golf Club at the beginning of the year ... after tying for second with a two-round score of 146 during stroke play, won four straight pairings in match play to win the title ... won the championship match 4 & 3 after a 1 Up victory in the semifinals ... began the week the Owls played at the NCAA College Station Regional by firing a five-under par 67 at Lakeside Country Club to tie for third at a U.S. Open local qualifying tournament ... with the performance at the 122-golfer event, moved on to compete at the Sectional played at the Club at Carlton Woods in the Woodlands ... tied for 12th and was the second low amateur at the sectional with a two-round score of 148 (76-72) ... posted a 10th place finish at the Spirit of America Classic with a four-round score of 288 (70-74-69-75) ... at the Eastern Amateur tied for 43rd in a field of almost 200 golfers with a four-round score of 281 (70-74-69-75) ... was the second lowesest amateur finisher at the Texas State Opening, tying for 25th with a four-round score of 276 (66-69-72-69) ... shot a seven-under par 137, including an opening round 67 to win the U.S. Amateur qualifier played at The Woodlands Country Club ... advanced to play in his first U.S. Amateur Championship ... finished with a two-round stroke play score of 166.
Separated himself from the field during the final day of the Texas Golf Association's South Amateur Championship, winning the event for the second time in three years ... entered the final round in a three-way tie for first before carding the only subpar round during the final day of play to win the championship by six strokes ... had a three-round score of 211 on the BlackHorse Golf Course in Cypress ... shot a 69 to qualify for the 39th Chesepeake Energy Texas State Open then made the cut at the tournament ... carded a four-round score of 284 (+4) to tie for 41st ... one of only seven amateur golfers to make the cut ... shot a 72 in U.S. Open qualifier played at The Club at Carlton Woods in the Woodlands.
Missed qualifying for the 2007 Shell Houston Open by four strokes ... was the 2007 Texas Southern Amateur winner, firing a final round score of 66 and shooting a 210 for the tournament ... also made the final cut and participated in the Texas Amateur ... also a 2007 U.S. Public Links Qualifier. 2006: Was a Scholastic All-American ... placed second at the AJGA Randy Smith Classic in Lubbock, Texas (211) ... also finished in a tie for 31st at the AJGA Polo Golf Classic. 2005: Won a qualifier for the 2005 Houston City Amateur with a 69 round.
Born May 25, 1988 in Houston ... son of Doug and Jan Whitehead ... brother Daniel is a sophomore on the University of Texas' tennis team ... Sport Management major at Rice.
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