March 3, 2013
DADE CITY, Fla. – Tommy Economou, Landon Michelson and Jeff Wibawa each notched an eagle to pace Rice University men’s golf in the opening round of the USF Invitational at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. The Owls are tied for ninth place in the strong 17-team field.
Economou led the team with an even-par 72 to tie for 11th place through 18 holes. In addition to his eagle on the second hole, he added four birdies in the round.
Michelson finished the day one stroke behind his teammate with a 73 (+1), good for 16th out of 90 golfers. The junior added three birdies on the day.
Brock Wilson was the third Rice finisher on the day with a 77 (+5), placing him 55th. After starting on the 10th hole, the senior came on strong in the second half of the round with a pair of birdies on holes one and five.
Wibawa placed one stroke back of Wilson in 63rd place with a 78 (+6). The junior shot out of the gate with his eagle and lone birdie of the day coming in his first four holes of the round.
James Lee carded an 83 (+11) to end the day in 89th place. The freshman, who led the squad at last weekend’s Bayou City Collegiate Championship, carded a birdie and eight pars on Sunday.
No. 43 South Carolina is tied for the team lead with NC State after one day of action with a 287 (-1). Mercer and Virginia stand third, two strokes back. No. 16 Florida State ranks fifth and 49th-ranked Kentucky stands sixth to round out the trio of top-50 teams.
South Carolina’s Dykes Harbin is tied with NC State’s Albin Choi and Kentucky’s Stephen Powers for the individual lead at 68 (-4).
Rice is even with Eastern Michigan and Kennesaw State, and the Owls rank ahead of Middle Tennessee State, Troy, Cincinnati, Marquette, Wisconsin and DePaul.
The second round begins Monday morning at 9 a.m. The Owls tee off beginning at 9 a.m. on the 10th hole in a group with Eastern Michigan and MTSU.