By: Tim Andrzejewski (email@example.com)
Nashville, Tenn. — Rice shot a final round 289 to finish eight-over par and win the Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate, played at the par-71, 6,943-yard Richland Country Club.
It is Rice’s first team title since the 2017 Jim West Intercollegiate. The Owls won the tournament by five strokes over second-place Lipscomb. Its three round total of 860 is a season-best.
“The guys showed a lot of grit out there today to fight back from a tough start to the final round,” said head coach Justin Emil. “It was great to see Mitchell (Meissner) get the trophy and for us to play that well leading up to conference. We’ll celebrate this one and get back to work in preparation for Texarkana.”
Senior Mitchell Meissner tied for medalist honors at five-under par after carding a 72. It is his second career title, joining Christopher Brown as the only two golfers with multiple victories since 1985. Meissner also won the 2016 Jim West Intercollegiate. It is also the first time since 2009-10 that Rice had two separate golfers win a tournament as Mario Carmona won the ORU/SFA Spring Break Challenge.
The San Antonio native began the day four-over through the first seven holes. After five straight pars, Meissner birdied two of the next three holes. Entering the par-five 18th hole one stroke back, Meissner was able to birdie the final hole and earn his second career title.
Meissner’s 54-hole score of 208 was a season-low and tied the fourth lowest score since 1990.
“The first nine holes I was missing where I wanted to get (the ball) and leaving myself with tough pars,” said Meissner. “I was telling myself to just be patient. Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong set the mark and I had to go chase him. He shot six-under on the back nine and it motivated me to turn it around and get it going again. It actually made me more comfortable.”
Senior Mario Carmona tied for ninth-place at five-over par after carding a 76. It is his fourth top ten finish of the year and the 11th of his career.
Freshman Jake Benson posted a 71 to finish six-over par and tied for 12th-place. The 12th-place finish is a season-best and is his second top 20 finish and the 71 is his eighth round of par or better this year.
Freshman Rishi Kejriwal fired a final round 70 to tie for 20th-place at nine-over par. It is his fourth round of par or better this year and his second top 20 finish. Sophomore Nicholas Duggan tied for 54th-place at 17-over par shooting a 79.
Rice begins postseason play Apr. 22-25 when it travels to Texarkana, Ark., for the Conference USA Championship.