By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON — Rice golf opens the 2017-18 campaign this Monday-Tuesday, September 11-12, when it travels to Hattiesburg, Miss., for the 15th annual Sam Hall Intercollegiate, hosted by Southern Miss. The tournament will be played at the par-71, 6,902-yard Hattiesburg Country Club.
Justin Emil QUOTABLE
“We’ve been going to Southern Miss since I became coach. It’s a really good (tournament). The guys love the course. Half of the team played in a tournament there over the summer and had some really good results. It’s a great way for us to start the season on a golf course that we’re really familiar with. I’m just excited to get the season underway.”
Joining Rice in the field are Louisiana-Lafayette, Mercer, Missouri State, New Orleans, Sam Houston State, Samford, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana, host Southern Miss, UT-Arlington and UTSA.
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Mitchell Meissner – No. 1 position … three-year letterman and one of three seniors … competed in nine tournaments last year, compiling a 73.50 stroke average … recorded nine rounds of par or better … had one top ten and four top 20 finishes … had a season-best tie for seventh finish at the Steelwood Collegiate Invitational … shot a season-best 67 at the Old Waverly Intercollegiate … 2016 Jim West Intercollegiate Champion.
Grant Rogers – No. 2 position … competed in eight tournaments last year, compiling a 75.86 stroke average … recorded two rounds of par or better … had a season-best tie for 42nd-place at the Conference USA Championship … twice shot season-best rounds of 72 at the Lone Star Invitational.
Mario Carmona – No. 3 position … one of three seniors on the squad … one of three golfers to participate in all 12 tournaments last year … led the team with a 72.30 stroke average ... recorded a team-high 16 rounds of par or better … had two top five and five top ten finishes … tied a career-best 36-hole score at the Ram Masters Invitational and the Jim West Intercollegiate … also set a career-best 54-hole score at the Ram Masters Invitational … recorded his third career runner-up finish at the Jim West Intercollegiate … fired a season-best 68 three separate times.
Rishi Kejriwal – No. 4 position … making his collegiate debut … native of Austin, Texas and product of Westwood High School.
Nicholas Duggan – No. 5 position … one of three golfers to participate in all 12 tournaments last year … had a 75.19 stroke average last year … recorded seven rounds of par or better … had two top 20 finishes … fired a season-low 68 in the first round of the Sam Hall Intercollegiate … had a season-best 12th-place finish at the Jim West Intercollegiate.
Jake Benson – Individual … making his collegiate debut … native of Nottingham, England and product of East Leake Academy.
For Monday’s first and second rounds, the Owls will tee off from holes No. 1 through No. 4 at 8:30 a.m. CT. Rice will compete in groups with student-athletes from Southern Miss and UTSA. Tuesday’s tee times and pairings will depend on results after the first two rounds.
Following the Sam Hall Intercollegiate, the Owls will travel to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Maui Jim Invitational on Sept. 22-24.