Feb. 14, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – Rice University men’s golf opens the Spring 2014 campaign by hosting at 14th-annual Rice Intercollegiate, Feb. 17-18 at Westwood Golf Club.
The Owls bring in 14 other teams to the event, including Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Drake, Florida Atlantic, Gonzaga, Houston Baptist, Lipscomb, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Old Dominion, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin State, UT-Pan American and UTSA. The University of Houston is also sending a pair of individuals to the event as well.
The 54-hole tournament tees off on Monday at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. The second round will follow the same format after a brief 10-minute break between rounds. The third round tees off on Tuesday morning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Westwood Golf Club, originally founded in 1928 as Westwood Country Club, has the distinction of being the second oldest Private Golf Club in Houston on its original site. It is located just minutes from the Rice University campus in Southwest Houston.
Westwood underwent major renovations beginning in 2002 and reopened for play in May of 2004 after a redesign by noted golf architect Keith Foster. Foster’s other course redesigns include Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth and Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Hardwood oaks, lakes and a natural ravine help shape and define the fairways and greens. The style of the course is reminiscent of many of the great courses constructed in the early 20th century — simple, clean and classic.
Last season, UTSA made a strong charge in Tuesday’s final round to pass Florida Atlantic for the team title at 862 (-2). FAU sank to second place with an 871 (+7), five strokes ahead of Rice and Stephen F. Austin. Florida Atlantic’s Richard Donegan claimed the individual medal with a 71-66-73—210 (-6), one stroke ahead of UTSA’s Brett Hogan and North Dakota State’s Nathan Anderson and three strokes ahead of Rice’s Jeff Wibawa.
The Owls sport a young lineup for this year’s event, headlined by freshmen Kevin Reilly and Alex Levy. Junior Tommy Economou and sophomores Trey Johnson and James Lee round out the squad. Joe Beck III and Landon Michelson will compete as individuals for Rice as well.
Scouting the Owls (Fall 2013 stats)
1. Kevin Reilly (12 rounds, 72.00 stroke average, low round – 66)
Led Rice with a 72.00 stroke average in 12 rounds ... notched the third-lowest round in program history with a 66 at The Invitational at The Ocean Course ... the 66 also set a tournament record ... led the Owls at three tournaments and placed second on the team in the other ... in his collegiate debut, carded a 69-71-76--216 (+3) to finish 35th at the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate ... claimed 10th place at the Ram Masters Invitational with a 67-74-71--212 (+2), marking the lowest tournament score by a Rice player in the fall ... carded a 73-74-73--220 (+4) at the David Toms Intercollegiate to take 15th place ... notched his highest finish of the season in seventh place at The Invitational at The Ocean course with a 79-66-71--216 (E).
2. Alex Levy (12 rounds, 77.33 stroke average, low round – 72)
Competed in all four fall tournaments for the Owls, averaging 77.33 strokes over 12 rounds ... low round of the semester was a 72, including in his first-ever round in the Blue and Gray ... in his collegiate debut, fired a 72-73-79--224 (+11) at the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate, placing 73rd ... claimed 60th at the Ram Masters Invitational, improving each round with a 78-75-72--225 (+15) ... notched 68th place at the David Toms Intercollegiate with a 79-78-83--240 (+24) ... closed out the fall at The Invitational at The Ocean Course with an 82-82-75--239 (+23), good for 70th.
3. Tommy Economou (3 rounds, 78.67 stroke average, low round – 76)
Lone action of the semester came at The Invitational at The Ocean Course in late October, where he carded a 78-82-76--236 (+20) while competing as an individual ... low round was a 76.
4. Trey Johnson (6 rounds, 76.00 stroke average, low round – 72)
Posted a 76.00 stroke average in six rounds with a low of 72 ... competed as an individual in the season-opening Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate and tied for third on the team with a 75-72-75--222 (+9), in 58th place overall ... again finished third for the Owls at the David Toms Intercollegiate in early October with a 76-79-79--234 (+18), good for 63rd overall.
5. James Lee (9 rounds, 74.11 stroke average, low round – 69)
Ranked third on the team with 75.22 strokes over nine rounds in the fall ... opened his sophomore campaign at the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate with a 73-82-74--229 (+16) to place 82nd ... ranked third on the squad in his second and third tournaments of the season as the Owls picked up top-10 finishes in both competitions ... placed 27th at the Ram Masters Invitational with a 218 (+8), including a career-low 69 in the second round ... finished the fall in 45th at The Invitational at The Ocean Course with a 73-80-77--230 (+14).
Ind. Joe Beck III (12 rounds, 75.58 stroke average, low round – 72)
Ranked fourth on the team with a 75.58 stroke average in four tournaments and 12 rounds ... finished second on the team at the David Toms Intercollegiate with a 40th-place finish and 75-76-77--228 (+12) ... lowest tournament score of the fall came at the Ram Masters Invitational, where he carded a 76-73-72--221 (+11) ... low round was a 72, at the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate and Ram Masters Invitational third rounds.
Ind. Landon Michelson (12 rounds, 74.25 stroke average, low round – 70)
Ranked second on the team with a 74.25 stroke average through 12 rounds in the fall ... led the Owls in one tournament and placed second on the team in two others ... paced Rice in the opener and matched his career-low round at the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate with a 23rd-place finish at 71-70-72--213 (E) ... finished 15th overall and second on the team at the Ram Masters Invitational with a 71-71-72--214 (+4) ... claimed 64th at the David Toms Intercollegiate, firing an 80-78-77--235 (+19) ... finished second on the team and helped Rice to a ninth-place finish at The Invitational at The Ocean Course with a 77-73-79--229 (+13), good for 41st overall.
Following the Rice Intercollegiate, the Owls move on to the Bayou City Collegiate Championship which Rice is co-hosting with Houston. The event tees off on Friday morning at Golf Club of Houston (formerly Redstone), home of the Shell Houston Open.
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