April 22, 2013
TEXARKANA, Ark. – Using the momentum of Sunday’s opening round, Rice University men’s golf added another strong 18 holes on Monday to rank 11th at the 2013 Conference USA Championship at 298-300—598 (+22). The Owls rank just two strokes back of a pair of ninth-place teams heading into the final round on Tuesday at Texarkana Country Club.
Head coach Justin Emil said after the round, “Tomorrow we have a chance to make a move if we can play the par-fives better. That’s been our weakness so far. Today we did a better job of avoiding the big mistakes.”
Landon Michelson followed up his season-low 70 in Sunday’s round with a 75 on Monday, including 11 pars and a pair of birdies. The junior ranks 14th with a 70-75—145 (+1) heading into the third round.
Brock Wilson chipped away on Monday to improve four strokes from Sunday with a 77-73—150 (+6) and move up to 40th place. He sank three birdies in the round and played his second nine holes at one-under par.
Sophomore Tommy Economou ended Monday’s round with five-straight pars to hold onto a 78 and move into 46th place. Through two rounds, he has carded five birdies for a 74-78—152 (+8).
Freshman James Lee bounced back in a big way on Monday, shaving six strokes off his opening round score to end the second round with an 80-74—154 (+10) heading into the final 18 holes. The rookie notched 10 pars and three birdies to find himself ranked 50th.
After a solid opening round performance, Joe Beck III slid behind his teammate into 59th place. The sophomore added two more birdies on Monday to finish the round at 77-81—158 (+14).
Houston made quite a move on Monday with an eight-under par round to tie SMU for the lead at 566 (-10). The pair stands 10 strokes ahead of third-place UCF through 36 holes.
SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau broke Sunday’s four-way tie for first place to take possession of the top spot at 136 (-8). He ranks just one stroke ahead of UH’s Roman Robledo, who notched a tournament-low 65 on Monday to hold a 137 (-7).
East Carolina and Southern Mississippi are tied for ninth place at 596, just two strokes ahead of the Owls. Eighth-place Memphis is also well within striking distance for Rice at 594.
Tuesday’s final round begins on the first and 10th holes at 8 a.m. The Owls tee off from 10 at 8 a.m. in a group with East Carolina and Old Dominion.