Owls Carry Momentum to BCCC Opening Round
Rice ranks third through 18 against nationally ranked field
Feb. 21, 2014
HUMBLE, Texas – Rice University men’s golf put together a very solid outing to open the Bayou City Collegiate Championship, tying for fourth in the field of 15 with a 288 (E). The Owls are knotted up with nationally ranked South Carolina (No. 29) and Baylor (No. 31) with 36 holes to play on Saturday and Sunday at the Golf Club of Houston.
Head coach Justin Emil said, “I am really proud of how well the team played today. We still have a lot of golf left in this tournament, but today was a clear example that our team is competitive. I’m excited to see them tee it up again tomorrow on a PGA Tour venue.”
Landon Michelson led the Owls and tied in ninth place with a 70 (-2) with three birdies and 14 pars. The senior’s round matched his career and low round on Friday.
Rookie Kevin Reilly followed with a 71 (-1), including three birdies on his first eight holes. On the back nine, he carded a par on 8-of-9 holes. He is tied for 16th of 87 golfers.
Fellow freshman Alex Levy continued his strong play from his second-place finish at the Rice Intercollegiate earlier in the week to tie in 16th place with an even-par 72. He led Rice with four birdies on the day and stands tied for 23rd.
Competing individually, freshman Paul Saad shot a 75 (+3) on the day. In his Blue and Gray debut, he birdied two of his final three holes. Trey Johnson carded two birdies en route to a 78 (+6), good for 79th place and Joe Beck III fired an 82 (+10), including one birdie and eight pars.
Co-host No. 15 Houston finished the day in first place on its home course at 280 (-8), five strokes ahead of No. 21 Texas. No. 19 Arkansas snuck just ahead of the Owls into third place at 287 (-1).
Mississippi State stands one stroke behind Rice in seventh place while Louisiana Tech is on their heels at 290 (+2).
Saturday’s round begins on the first tee for the Owls. Rice tees off beginning at 9:45 a.m. alongside Baylor and South Carolina.