March 15, 2013
LAREDO, Texas - Rice University men's golf came on strong in the second round to finish Friday in eighth place out of 14 teams at the 62nd Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club. The Owls carded a 299-290--589 (+13) and are in good position for a strong finish in Saturday's final round.
"Under the conditions, the guys hung in there. The leaderboard is jammed, so if we can get a few putts to drop tomorrow we'll make a move," head coach Justin Emil said. "The Border Olympics is an event rich in history and Rice has competed here for decades. It is such an honor to compete on the same stomping ground that Rice teams have played for so long."
Tommy Economou and Joe Beck III led the Owls in a 15th-place tie at 146 (+2). Economou shot an even 73-73--146 on the day, which was highlighted by an eagle on the ninth hole in the opening round to accompany three birdies.
Beck made his move in the afternoon, needing just nine holes to match his opening-round total of two birdies. He sank 14 pars in the second round en route to a 76-70--146 in the two rounds.
Jeff Wibawa followed with a 75-74--149 (+5) to tie in 33rd place. The junior owned the back stretch of the course with birdies on holes 14 through 17 in the opening round. He finished the day with nine total birdies.
Brock Wilson played a pair of consistent rounds to tie for 47th at 75-76--151 (+7). The senior notched two birdies in each round. Landon Michelson overcame a slow start to move up to 52nd place with an 80-73--153 (+9). Three of his four birdies came in the second round.
Baylor and Central Arkansas stand tied for first at 579 (-7), two strokes ahead of host Houston. UCA's James Newton holds the individual lead with a 70-65--135 (-9), six strokes up on Oklahoma's Abraham Ancer.
Rice is just one stroke behind seventh-place Texas State and five back of fifth place Lamar and UTSA. The Owls have a four-stroke cushion on Washington State.
The Owls close out the event on Tuesday with the final 18 holes. The shotgun starts at 8 a.m. with Rice opening on holes six through nine.