April 5, 2014
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – After battling through a tough start to the competition, Rice University men’s golf found its footing on Saturday to move up to a tie for 11th at 309-295—604 (+36) heading into Sunday’s final round at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
Sophomore James Lee fired a 71 on Saturday with three birdies to move up to 20th place at 75-71—146 (+4). He tallied 13 pars on the day, including six-straight to end the round.
Kevin Reilly played consistent on Saturday to move to 26th place overall with a 73-74—147 (+5). The freshman knocked in 15 pars on Saturday with three bogeys.
Senior Landon Michelson was Rice’s most improved golfer on Saturday as he boasted a seven-stroke improvement from the opening round. He ranks 61st with an 81-74—155 (+13). He carded one birdie in each of the event’s rounds.
Tommy Economou shaved four strokes off to tie in 63rd place with an 80-76—156 (+14). The junior holed a birdie and 13 pars in the second round.
Freshman Alex Levy moved to 70th place as he also improved by four strokes with an 81-77—158 (+16) heading into the final day of competition. He sank one birdie in each of the first two rounds.
Rice stands tied with Ball State and just six strokes back of No. 12 Florida State for 10th. Conference USA rival Southern Miss ranks 13th, just two strokes behind the Owls.
Host No. 14 Vanderbilt erased an eight-stroke deficit to wrest the lead from No. 1 Alabama at 573 (+5), two strokes ahead of the Crimson Tide. No. 35 Kennesaw State stands third at 580.
Florida State’s Jack Maguire took over the individual lead at 137 (-5), two strokes ahead of Georgia Southern’s Charlie Martin and Vanderbilt’s Hunter Stewart.
Sunday’s final round tees off at 8 a.m.