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BRYAN, Texas -- Seniors Mitchell Meissner and Mario Carmona closed out their Rice careers at the NCAA Bryan Regional, played at the par-72, 7,121-yard Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
Meissner fired a one-under 71 to finish five-under par in an eighth-place tie while Carmona shot a 74 to finish three-over par, tied for 25th-place.
Meissner's 71 is his team-high 20th round of par or better this year and the 41st of his career. The eighth-place finish is his sixth top ten finish this year and the ninth of his career. It is also the best regional finish by an Owl since the NCAA went to regional play in 1989. His five-under par and 54-hole score of 211 also the best by an Owl.
"There were some really hard pins out there today," said Rice head coach Justin Emil. "It was really hard to go low. But, both Mario and Mitchell had a chance. It was a really awesome week and a great way for them to finish their college golf career."
Meissner entered the day just two shots back of McNeese State's Blake Elliott for the individual spot. The San Antonio native dropped a shot on the second hole, but gained it back with a birdie on the fourth. However, Meissner parred the next 13 holes before closing his round with a birdie on the 18th hole.
Carmona started the day strong, birdieing two of the first five holes to get under par for the tournament for the first time since the 17th hole in round one. However, Carmona bogeyed the sixth and ninth holes to make the turn at even par.
The Houston native started the back nine with pars on the first three holes. A bogey on 13 pushed him over par for the round and after four straight pars; he closed his round with a bogey on the 18th hole.
Emil added, "Mario and Mitchell meant a lot (to the program). It seems like just yesterday that they were freshman. They came in and were really great friends right away. They loved being on the golf course and worked really hard. They were model student-athletes. For them to play their best golf in their last year, that's what we truly want. The experience that they had was hard to write up."
Texas A&M won the regional and is joined by Clemson, Baylor, UCLA and Kentucky in advancing to the NCAA Championships. Ole Miss' Braden Thornberry, the defending NCAA Champion, advanced as the low individual whose team did not advance.