Duo in Top 20 at NCAA Bryan Regional

May 15, 2018

By: Tim Andrzejewski (tim.andrzejewski@rice.edu)

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BRYAN, Texas — Seniors Mitchell Meissner and Mario Carmona are in the top 20 heading into the final round of the NCAA Bryan Regional, played at the par-72, 7,121-yard Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.

Meissner fired a three-under 69 to sit in an eighth-place tie at four-under par while Carmona shot an even par 72 to sit one-over par and tied for 19th-place.

Meissner’s 69 is his 19th round of par or better this year and the 40th of his career. It is also his seventh round in the 60’s this year and the 13th of his career. His 36-hole score of 140 is the lowest by an Owl since the NCAA went to regional play in 1989. Carmona’s 72 is his 19th round of par or better this year and the 48th of his career.

Meissner is just four shots off the lead, held by Texas A&M teammates Chandler Phillips and Brandon Smith. However, with the way the current standings sit, he is just two shots behind McNeese State’s Blake Elliott for the right to advance to the NCAA Championship, which goes to the top individual not associated with a team that makes the Championship, held May 25-30 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.

Meissner got off to a rough start with bogeys on the first two holes. After pars on the next three holes, the San Antonio native posted three straight birdies to get into red numbers and make the turn at one-under par.

He started the back nine with a birdie on 10 and followed it with another on 13. After dropping a shot with a bogey on the par-five 15th hole, he birdied 17 to finish the day three-under par.

Carmona bogeyed two of the first four holes. After getting one back on the sixth hole, he posted double-bogeys on the next two holes to sit five-over par after just eight holes.

However, that’s when Carmona turned up his play. He birdied holes nine and 10 and after three straight pars, birdied holes 14 and 15. He added another birdie on 17 to get back to even on the day.

“Both Mitchell and Mario were over par early and rallied,” said Rice head coach Justin Emil. “Mitchell’s putter kept him in it all day and he just stayed patient and posted a solid round. He’s right there. Mario had a tough stretch early as well and after making the only birdie today on the ninth hole he was able to get back to even par. It was a roller coaster today, but their process kept them in it.”

The final round begins tomorrow with the duo teeing off from hole No. 1. Meissner will be paired with Georgia’s Davis Thompson and the College of Charleston’s Michael Sass and will tee off at 9:53 a.m. Carmona will be paired with Georgia’s Spencer Ralston and McNeese State’s Blake Elliott and will tee off at 10:04 a.m.

 

 

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