By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Rice shot a three-over 291 to sit in eighth-place heading into the final round of the Maui Jim Invitational, played at the par-72, 7,203-yard Desert Forest Golf Club.
"We got off to a bad start this morning, but the guys dug deep and rallied back for a pretty solid round," said Rice head coach Justin Emil. "That's what you have to do on a golf course like this. It tests your competitive character and we passed the test today."
Senior Mario Carmona fired his second straight even-par 72 to sit in a 10th-place tie. He eagled the par-five 18th hole for the second straight day, making the only golfer in the field with a pair of eagles. It was also his third round of par or better this year and the 32nd of his career.
Senior Mitchell Meissner is tied for 20th-place after carding his second straight one-over par 73. Junior Grant Rogers is five-over par and tied for 28th-place after shooting a 74. Freshman Rishi Kejriwal fired a 72 for his first career round of par or better to sit at seven-over par in a tie for 41st-place.
Kent State and Georgia Tech are tied for the tournament lead at one-over par. Lipscomb's Dawson Armstrong leads the individual tournament at four-under par, one stroke in front of Kent State's Gisli Sveinbergsson.
The final round begins tomorrow with Rice teeing off at 9 a.m. ¬The Owls are paired with Georgia State and Kansas.