By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON -- After a three-week hiatus, Rice will close its 2017-18 regular season when it travels to Nashville, Tenn., for the Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate, Apr. 9-10. The tournament will be hosted by Lipscomb and played at the par-71, 6,943-yard Richland Country Club.
Justin Emil QUOTABLE
"Building some confidence going into conference (and) building some momentum, these things are really key for us. We've been talking a lot about our attitude (and) not allowing frustration to set in. We really need to capitalize on when things are going well. Our mindset this week is to have fun and create some momentum going into Conference USA Championships."
Joining Rice, who is ranked 91st in the latest Golfstat Top 100, is No. 77 Lipscomb, No. 80 Maryland and No. 98 Cincinnati. Also participating in the tournament is Abilene Christian, Belmont, Bradley, Chattanooga, Memphis, Mercer, Samford, USC-Upstate and Conference USA foe WKU.
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Mitchell Meissner - No. 1 position ... one of two golfers to participate in all nine events ... will play in the number one spot for the fifth time ... is second on the squad with a 72.26 stroke average ... has one top five, three top ten and five top 20 finishes ... has 13 rounds of par or better ... had a season-best fourth-place finish at the ORU/SFA Spring Break Challenge (3/12-14) ... fired a season-low 68 in the second round of the Sam Hall Intercollegiate (9/11-12), where he tied for 13th-place ... tied for seventh-place at the Steelwood Collegiate Classic (10/28-29) ... had a season-best sixth-place tie at the Louisiana Classics (2/26-27).
Mario Carmona - No. 2 position ... one of two golfers to participate in all nine events ... leads the squad with a 72.07 stroke average ... has two top five, three ten and six top 20 finishes ... has a team-leading 15 rounds of par or better in 18 rounds ... earned first career victory at the ORU/SFA Spring Break Challenge (3/12-14) ... his performance earned him Conference USA Golfer of the Week ... fired a season-low 67 in the first round of the Bayou City Collegiate Classic (10/9-10) ... tied his career-low 54-hole score of 208 at the Challenge...finished in fourth-place at the Classic with a career-best six-under par ... followed with a tie for seventh-place at the Steelwood Collegiate Classic (10/28-29).
Jake Benson - No. 3 position ... is making his eighth start ... averages 75.90 strokes per round ... has six rounds of par or better ... fired a 71 in the opening round of the Bayou City Collegiate Classic (10/9-10) ... had a season-best 13th-place finish at the Lone Star Invitational (3/19-20), his first career top-20 finish ... tied for 45th-place at the Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate (3/4-6), tying for 45th-place ... fired a season-low 68 in the first round of the tournament, his first career round in the 60's.
Rishi Kejriwal - No. 4 position ... is third on the squad with 74.67 strokes per round ... is making his eighth start ... recorded three rounds of par or better ... saw first career action at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate (9/11-12) ... fired a season-low 68 in the final round of the Bayou City Collegiate Classic (10/9-10) ... earned a fifth-place finish at the Bayou City.
Nicholas Duggan - No. 5 position ... averages 75.48 strokes per round ... has participated in seven events ... has four rounds of par or better...has fired a season-low 70 three times, at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate (9/11-12), Bayou City Collegiate Classic (10/9-10) and Lone Star Invitational (3/19-20) ... had a season-best finish at the Sam Hall, tying for 25th-place.
For Monday's first and second rounds, the Owls will tee off at 8:30 a.m. CT. Tuesday's tee times and pairings will depend on results after the first two rounds.
Following the Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate, the Owls will begin postseason play when it travels to Texarkana, Ark., for the Conference USA Championship on Apr. 22-25.