April 3, 2014
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Three top-20 teams await Rice University golf at the Mason Rudolph Championship this weekend as the Owls plays their final tournament before the team competes at the Conference USA Championship later this month.
No. 1 Alabama, host No. 12 Vanderbilt and No. 20 Florida State highlight the 14-team field, which includes nine teams ranked in top 60 by Golfweek Magazine.
The event spans three days (Friday through Sunday) at the Vanderbilt Legends Club just south of Nashville. The South Course measures 7,100 yards and is a par-71. Groups will tee off from the first and 10th holes at 8 a.m. CT each day.
Head coach Justin Emil said, “This week we get another shot at some top 20 programs and also the No. 1 team in the country (Alabama). It will be a great test for the guys and I’m pumped for them because they are all playing well. The five we have traveling this week just keep getting better and have put themselves in contention multiple times this spring. I’m really pleased with the progress this team is making.”
Kevin Reilly, Fr.
72.73 Stroke Avg., Rice’s leader in three of the last four tournaments
Landon Michelson, Sr.
74.42 Stroke Avg., Tied for 12th at Bandon Dunes Championship in March
Tommy Economou, Jr.
74.76 Stroke Avg., Posted back-to-back top-20 finishes with 72.17 strokes per round
James Lee, So.
75.09 Stroke Avg., Has improved his tournament scores by nine strokes over the last two events
Alex Levy, Fr.
75.43 Stroke Avg., Carded a season-low 70 in two of his last six rounds of action
In last season’s Mason Rudolph Championship, the Owls placed 13th behind a top-20 finish from Joe Beck III at 217 (+4). Host Vanderbilt claimed a nine-stroke win over second-place Oklahoma in the Sept. 2012 event.
Rounding out the field is: Ball State, College of Charleston, No. 56 ETSU, No. 51 Georgia Southern, No. 36 Kennesaw State, No. 55 Louisville, No. 35 Mercer, No. 53 Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky.
The Owls head to the Conference USA Championship on April 27-29 at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.
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