April 8, 2013
WEST POINT, Miss. – Rice University men’s golf shot a pair of consistent rounds to finish the day in 12th place at the Old Waverly Collegiate Classic on Monday. The Owls carded a 302-303—605 (+29) to trail 11th-place Louisiana-Lafayette by just one stroke heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes.
Brock Wilson fired a 74 (+2) in the morning before ratcheting up his play in the second round to work his way into 21st place with a 74-73—147 (+3). The senior landed four birdies in the opening round and three more in the second.
Jeff Wibawa carded an even par 72 in the opening round and finished the day in a tie for 42nd place at 72-80—152 (+8). He shot 19 pars and six birdies on the day at Old Waverly Golf Club.
James Lee followed with a 79-74—153 (+9) to tie in 46th through 36 holes. The rookie notched seven birdies in the two rounds and played the final four holes at a combined five-under par for the day.
Landon Michelson added a 51st place performance with a 78-76—154 (+10) and Tommy Economou ranked 67th at the end of the day with a 78-81-159 (+15). Michelson carded three birdies and Economou added six.
Competing individually, Joe Beck III added an 81-83—164 (+20) to tie in 75th place. He notched seven-straight pars in the first round and five in a row in the afternoon round.
Host Mississippi State leads the 14-team field at 575 (-1), one stroke ahead of UAB, and seven up on South Alabama. Cincinnati’s Emerson Newsome leads the field at 138 (-6).
Also competing from Conference USA, Southern Miss ranks fourth at 589 (+13) and Memphis stands sixth at 591 (+17). The Owls hold a comfortable 12-stroke edge over 13th-place Middle Tennessee State.
Tuesday’s round begins at 8 a.m. with the Rice contingent teeing off on the 10th hole beginning at 8:30 a.m. in a group pairing with MTSU and Arkansas State.