Economou Paces Men's Golf At Border Olympics

Tommy Economou led the Owls, who all finished within four strokes of each other in Laredo.

March 16, 2013

Final Results (.pdf)

LAREDO, Texas - On the strength of Tommy Economou 's 43rd place finish, Rice University men's golf concluded the 62nd annual Border Olympics in 11th place with a 299-290-311--900 (+36) on Saturday at Laredo Country club.

Economou posted a strong start to the event with a pair of 73-stroke rounds on Friday. The sophomore finished with a 73-73-80--226 (+10) to pace the Owls. He sank an eagle in the opening round and added five birdies throughout the course of the 54-hole tournament.

Jeff Wibawa followed just one stroke back in a tie for 46th place at 75-74-78--227 (+11). The junior sank five of his 10 tournament birdies in the opening round. It was the fourth-straight tournament for Wibawa to finish among Rice's top two team finishers.

Brock Wilson and Joe Beck III each tied for 53rd place, one stroke off Wibawa's finish. Wilson notched a 75-76-77--228 (+12) with two birdies in each round. Beck fired Rice's lowest score at the tournament in the second round and ended with a 76-70-82--228 (+12).

Landon Michelson rounded out the squad with an 80-73-76--229 (+13), as the entire Owls squad finished within a four-stroke range. The junior tied for 56th place.

Host Houston claimed the team title with an 859 (-5), eight strokes up on second-place Oklahoma. Rice placed just three strokes behind 10th-place Washington State and only six behind ninth-place finisher Stephen F. Austin.

Central Arkansas' James Newton claimed the individual medal with a 209 (-5), two strokes ahead of the Cougars' Wesley McClain.



The Owls return to action on April 8-9 at the Old Waverly Intercollegiate in West Point, Miss.



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