March 23, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Rice University men's golf returns to action in Texas for the first time in a month when it competes in the Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch on March 24-25.
"It's good to get the guys back into some competition in our home state," head coach Justin Emil said. "It's been a busy spring season traveling long and far to compete against some strong competition. This week we get another chance to face some top 25 programs (Baylor and New Mexico) and a lot of teams that will be playing beyond their conference championships. We are going to stay in the moment this week and not get ahead of ourselves. If we accomplish that the results will take care of themselves."
"I'm especially proud of Tommy Economou's performance recently. He is playing very well and hitting the golf ball with a lot of confidence. He is due for a breakthrough round of golf. Both Tommy and Landon (Michelson) were in contention at Bandon Dunes so that had to be a confidence builder for two of our upperclassmen."
"The last time we went to Briggs Ranch we walked out of there with some hardware. Jeff Wibawa won the individual title. It will be great to have him back from injury next season."
The 15-team field will play the first two rounds on Monday, March 24 with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Tuesday's final round also begins at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start on the par-72, 7,258-yard course.
In addition to the Owls and host UTSA, the field includes Baylor, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico, North Texas, Notre Dame, Purdue, Sacramento State, South Dakota State, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas State and UT Arlington.
Rice has previously competed against 11 of the teams in this week's event, with an 8-11 mark against the foes.
Last season, the Owls competed in the Lone Star Invitational in the fall and improved through each round to come away in ninth place at the Hill Country Resort Golf Club. Rice also battled a team-wide bout of food poisoning during the competition and was left with just four competitors on the final day. Wibawa led the team with a 12th-place finish at 218.
Tommy Economou, Jr., 75.36 Stroke Average
Landon Michelson, Sr., 74.48 Stroke Average
Kevin Reilly, Fr., 72.83 Stroke Average
Alex Levy, Fr., 75.75 Stroke Average
James Lee, So., 75.35 Stroke Average
Following the Lone Star Invitational, the Owls travel to the Mason Rudolph Championship on April 4-6 for their final tune-up before the Conference USA Championship later in the month.