By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON — Rice golf opens the spring season this Friday-Sunday, Feb. 17-19, when it co-hosts the All-American Intercollegiate presented by Coca-Cola. The tournament will be played at the par-72, 7,096 yard Golf Club of Houston.
The Owls are co-hosting the event with Houston.
“The guys are excited to get the spring season underway,” said head coach Justin Emil. “We have a great opportunity right from the start at our home tournament. The guys get a shot at the No. 1 team in the country in Vanderbilt, who we will also see at next week’s Querencia Cabo Collegiate. I don’t know of any other college sport that offers up a shot at the No. 1 team in the country two weeks in a row. We are fortunate to have an opportunity to play a strong field right here in Houston, so it’s important for us to be committed to our process each day and keep our focus on a golf course we know very well, the Golf Club of Houston.”
Rice will be joined by eight teams in the latest Golfstat top 100, including No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 13 Baylor, No. 21 Auburn, No. 39 South Carolina, No. 58 Houston, No. 73 Charlotte, No. 83 McNeese State and No. 91 SMU.
Also in the field are Houston Baptist, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, Sam Houston State, Samford, Southeastern Louisiana, UTSA and Wisconsin.
Junior Mario Carmona leads the Owls in the No. 1 position. The Houston, Texas native leads the squad with a 71.67 stroke average. He recorded one top-five and two top ten finishes in the fall while recording a team-high six rounds of par or better.
In the No. 2 position is junior Mitchell Meissner. The San Antonio, Texas native is second on the team with a 72.42 stroke average. He recorded one top ten and two top 20 finishes.
Freshmen Trevor Brown and Nicholas Duggan will tee off in the third and fourth positions, respectively. Brown is averaging 73.42 strokes per round while Duggan is averaging 74.45.
Sophomore Grant Rogers will play as part of the team for the first time in his career, teeing off in the No. 5 position. Rogers’ only action this year was at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic, where he tied for 56th-place.
Junior Jay Burlison will play as an individual. The Salinas, Calif., native will be playing in his second tournament this year, averaging 79.00 strokes in three rounds.
Play begins at 9 a.m. CT on Friday. Rice is partnered with Vanderbilt and Baylor. Fans can follow all the action at golfstat.com.