By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mobile, Ala. — Rice closed its fall season with a fifth-place finish at the Steelwood Collegiate Invitational, played at the par-72, 7,096-yard Steelwood Country Club.
The Owls shot a final round 302 to finish 23-over par. No. 1 Alabama won the tournament championship at two-over par, one stroke in front of #58 Kennesaw State.
“That was a hard golf course today,” said head coach Justin Emil. “We missed an opportunity to beat some top ranked teams coming down the stretch, but we showed some great potential at this tournament and it’s definitely something to build on as we head into the offseason.”
Seniors Mario Carmona and Mitchell Meissner tied for seventh-place at one-over par. Carmona carded a 75 while Meissner posted a 73. Carmona has two top ten finishes this year and nine in his career while Meissner recorded his first top ten finish of the year and fourth of his career. Junior Grant Rogers shot a final round 77 to finish six-over par in a career-best 18th-place tie. Junior Mason Weld posted posted a third straight 77 to tie for 42nd-place at 15-over par while sophomore Nicholas Duggan finished in 57th-place at 21-over par after posting a 77.
UAB’s R.J. Keur earned medalist honors at six-under par. There is a four-way tie for second-place at four-under par.
The Owls will take the rest of the fall off before returning to the links in February at the All-American Intercollegiate.