Feb. 5, 2013
Final Results (.pdf)
HOUSTON, Texas – Rice University men’s golf played three solid and consistent rounds to capture third place at the Rice Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday at Westwood Golf Club. The Owls tied Stephen F. Austin State with a 290-290-296—876 (+12) over 54 holes.
Head coach Justin Emil commented, “Going into the final round with a chance to win was a big plus for this team. These young men have been working extremely hard for what turned out to be a successful home event. It was a great to start the spring season here in Houston. I want to also thank all our volunteers for helping make the Rice Intercollegiate a first class tournament.”
Junior Jeff Wibawa led the team with a 70-67-76—213 (-3) to tie for fourth place in the competitive field. His second-round 67 was a season low and capped off with an eagle on the 18th hole. He carded 12 birdies throughout the tournament.
Brock Wilson holed an eagle on the first hole and posted the team’s best score in the final round to place 18th with a 74-73-72—219 (+3), tying with freshman James Lee, who tallied a 71-75-73—219 (+3).
Joe Beck III started strong and fired a 75-77-78—230 (+14) to place 56th, just one stroke ahead of Tommy Economou, who shook off a tough opening round to shoot a 81-75-75—231 (+15) and finish 58th.
Among three Owl individual competitors, Landon Michelson shot a 75-72-75—222 (+6) to place 30th, Trey Johnson placed 40th at 77-76-74—227 (+11) and James Ragan notched a 52nd place finish at 77-73-79—237 (+21) out of the 80-golfer field. Michelson’s 41 pars were the most of any player at the event.
UTSA made a strong charge in Tuesday’s final round to pass Florida Atlantic for the team title at 862 (-2). FAU sank to second place with an 871 (+7), five strokes ahead of Rice and SFASU.
Florida Atlantic’s Richard Donegan claimed the individual medal with a 71-66-73—210 (-6), one stroke ahead of UTSA’s Brett Hogan and North Dakota State’s Nathan Anderson and three strokes ahead of Wibawa.
Houston Baptist made a run at catching the Owls, but settled for fifth place at 883 (+19). UMKC finished sixth at 884 (+20) and Missouri State placed seventh at 886 (+22) to round out the top half of the 14-team field.
The Owls’ season continues at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship in Humble on Feb. 22-24.