By: Tim Andrzejewski (email@example.com)
Day One Results | Final Pairings | Live Scoring
Nashville, Tenn. — Rice had one of its best days of the year as it holds a nine stroke lead heading into the final round of the Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate, played at the par-71, 6,943-yard Richland Country Club.
The Owls are three-over par, nine strokes in front of second-place Lipscomb and WKU. Rice began the day with a 288 to take a four shot lead after the first round. The Owls continued their strong play in the second round with a one-under 283, the only round under par on the day, to give them a season-best 36-hole score of 571.
“It was awesome to see how well Mitchell (Meissner) cruised around that difficult golf course,” said head coach Justin Emil. “We had a great team effort out there from everyone today.”
Senior Mitchell Meissner is the individual leader at six-under par, four strokes in front of second-place, which is held by three golfers. Meissner began the day with a season-low 67. He birdied three of the first four holes before recording pars on the next nine holes. After giving one back on the 14th hole, the San Antonio native birdied two of the final three holes.
Meissner began the second round with pars on the first 11 holes. He birdied holes 12 and 13 before bogeying the 14th. But Meissner birdied the 17th hole to record a second round 69.
The rounds give him five rounds in the 60’s this year and 11 for his career. He also has 15 rounds of par or better this year and 36 for his career. Meissner also tied his career-low 36-hole score with a 136, which is tied for the third lowest since 1990.
Senior Mario Carmona is tied for sixth-place at even par. He began the day with a 70 before closing with a 72. The 70 is his team-leading 16th round of par or better this year and the 45th of his career.
Freshman Jake Benson is six-over par, tied for 21st-place. He began the tournament with a 77 before posting an even par 71, his seventh round of par or better this year.
Sophomore Nicholas Duggan is tied for 38th-place at nine-over par after rounds of 74 and 77 and freshman Rishi Kejriwal is 10-over par and tied for 48th-place with rounds of 81-71. The 71 is his fourth round of par or better this year.
The final round begins tomorrow at 8 a.m. Rice begins play at 9:30 a.m. from the first tee. The Owls are paired with Lipscomb and WKU.