Feb. 18, 2014
Final Results (.pdf)
HOUSTON, Texas – Rice University men’s golf evened out after an up-and-down Monday to claim fifth place at the 14th annual Rice Intercollegiate with a 291-304-292—887 (+23) at Westwood Golf Club.
Freshman Alex Levy continued his stellar play as he opened his round with a birdie and then carded an eagle two holes later. The rookie stayed among the individual leaders throughout the day and finished in second place overall with a 70-73-70—213 (-3).
Tommy Economou finished second for the Owls and tied for 18th overall with a 78-70-75—223 (+7). He posted eight birdies at the 54-hole event.
Rookie Kevin Reilly rallied on Tuesday to move up to 36th place overall with a 75-81-73—229 (+13). He carded 15 pars with one birdie in the final round.
Trey Johnson’s best round came on Monday and the sophomore placed 45th overall with a 72-80-79—231 (+15). Classmate James Lee settled down on Tuesday with a 74-85-74—233 (+17) to tie for 56th in the 84-golfer field.
UTSA repeated as team champion with an 875 (+11), as the Roadrunners held off a late charge from Sam Houston State, which placed second, three strokes back.
Cincinnati claimed third at 870 (+15), just one stroke ahead of Old Dominion. ODU’s Jamison Randall took home the individual medal with a 72-70-69—211 (-5), a two-stroke win over Levy.
UTSA’s Ryan Werre tied with Houston Baptist’s Preston Stanley for third place at 214 (-2).
Tuesday’s final round had a subdued atmosphere as word of the passing of former Rice golfer James Ragan, who last played for the Blue and Gray in last season’s Rice Intercollegiate. All 15 teams participated in a moment of silence before the round and golfers wore commemorative orange ribbons on the course, the color of the logo of Ragan’s Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation.
Rice turns its attention to the Bayou City Collegiate Championship this weekend, with rounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event, co-hosted by the University of Houston, takes place at The Golf Club of Houston (formerly Redstone). The Owls tee off on the first hole on Friday beginning at 10:30 a.m.