Northwestern Claims Rice Intercollegiate Title
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Feb. 21, 2012
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HOUSTON - Northwestern's Eric Chun shot a three-round 210 to help lead the Wildcats to the team championship at the 12th Annual Rice Intercollegiate played at Westwood Golf Club.
Chun, the second-round leader, was the only golfer in the 15-team field to fire three, under-par rounds including a 69 on Tuesday. But New Mexico State's Zachery Fullerton forced a tiebreak with a final-round 68 (-4) before winning the sudden-death session on the third hole.
Fullerton had started his round on No. 10, one stroke back of the lead and played even golf with no bogeys over the back nine at Westwood. He then birdied four of his first six holes on the front nine en route to his 68.
Chun also had a round of bogey-free golf. The second-round co-leader made the turn at three-under before an even par back nine.
Fullerton and Chun's three-round 210 (-6) scores tied for the third-best individual score in tournament history.
Northwestern was the only team to shoot under par for the tournament, finishing with an 862 (-2). NU became the first school in the 12-year history of the tournament to win for a second time. The Wildcats also won the 2003 Rice Intercollegiate.
Houston, which began the day in third place, made up some ground early in the final round and at one point was just two strokes back of the lead. But over the final holes, the Cougars could not close the gap and settled for a second-place finish. UH's 866 (+2) was four strokes back of the Wildcats.
Florida Gulf Coast finished third with an 872 (+8).
Rice finished the day with a 308 score to shoot a 907 for the tournament. Sophomore Jeff Wibawa began the day in the Top 20 but a final-round 78 left him with a 224 final score (+8).
Rice returns to competition March 11-13 at the Argent Financial Classic hosted by Louisiana Tech in Choudrant, La. The tournament will be the first of two during a week's stretch which also includes the Border Olympics in Laredo.