Oct. 29, 2013
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Rice University men’s golf finished the fall on a high note as the Owls took home ninth place against a strong field at The Invitational at The Ocean Course with a 311-294-302—907 (+43). Kevin Reilly led the squad in seventh place with a 79-66-71—216 (E).
Head coach Justin Emil assessed the team’s performance, saying, “I’m very proud of Kevin and how he fought back from round one. The 66 yesterday was stellar and today’s round of 71 could have been a lot lower if he made some more putts. We are really close to playing well as a team and after an up-and-down fall, we now have some time to work on things in order to get better.”
Reilly carded 12 birdies over 54 holes and notched an eagle in the second round en route to his tournament-record 66 on Monday. His six-under par score was also the fourth-best in program history.
Landon Michelson finished in 41st place with a 77-73-79—229 (+13), including five birdies and 35 pars over three days on the championship course.
James Lee followed right behind with a 73-80-77—230 (+14), good for 45th place overall. The sophomore started strong with three birdies in the opening round and finished with six total on the 7,051-yard Ocean Course.
Juniors Joe Beck III and Tommy Economou tied for 62nd place with 236 (+20) scores. Beck notched an 82-75-79 while Economou competed as an individual and fired a 78-82-76.
Alex Levy overcame a slow start and completed his first semester of collegiate golf with a 70th place finish at 82-82-75—239 (+23).The freshman notched four of his seven birdies on Tuesday.
South Florida claimed the team championship at 871 (+7), four strokes ahead of South Alabama. Georgia’s Joey Garber claimed the individual medal with a 207 (-9).
The Owls were the lone competitor from Conference USA at the event, but played well over the final 36 holes to finish ahead of a pair of ranked teams in 11th-place Notre Dame and 13th-place Michigan. The Owls came within one stroke of Florida for eighth place.
Rice will stay close to home for a while as the team’s next competition is the Rice Intercollegiate on Feb. 17-18, 2014 at Westwood Golf Club.