By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON -- Rice golf heads to Mobile, Ala., for its final tournament of the fall season at the Steelwood Collegiate Invitational, October 28-29, at Steelwood Country Club.
Justin Emil QUOTABLE
"We are looking forward to teeing it up at Steelwood this week. The conditions will be tough with the current weather forecast, but our team is up for it and we look at the circumstance as an opportunity. The golf course is fantastic. It has fast greens with a lot of slope. It should be a good test."
Five teams in Golfstat's Top 100 head the field, including #1 Alabama, #8 Kentucky, #58 Kennesaw State, #63 Liberty and #99 UAB. Also joining Rice in the field are Lamar, Richmond, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy and Wofford.
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Mario Carmona -- No. 1 position ... one of three seniors on the squad ... leads the team with a 71.44 stroke average ... has recorded a round of par or better in six of nine rounds this year ... finished fourth at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic ... fired a season-low 67 in the first round of the Bayou City Collegiate Classic ... tied for 12th at the Maui Jim Invitational ... 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.
Mitchell Meissner -- No. 2 position ... three-year letterman and one of three seniors ... second on the team with a 73.11 stroke average ... has two rounds of par or better ... tied for 13th at the season-opening Sam Hall Intercollegiate ... tied for 28th at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic ... 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. 3 position ... has a 75.11 stroke average ... tied for 38th at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic ... set career-lows for 36-hole score (147) and 54-hole score (220) ... tied for 40th-place at the Maui Jim Invitational ... 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.
Nicholas Duggan -- No. 4 position ... has a 75.44 stroke average ... tied for 25th at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate ... tied a season-low with a 70 in the first round of the Bayou City Collegiate Classic ... 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.
Mason Weld -- No. 5 position ... made Rice debut at Bayou City Collegiate Classic ... transfer from Sam Houston State ... native of Helotes, Texas and a product of Brandies High School.
For Saturday's first and second rounds, the Owls will tee off from holes No. 9 through No. 12 at 8:30 a.m. CT. Rice will compete in groups with student-athletes from Richmond and Wofford. Sunday's tee times and pairings will depend on results after the first two rounds.
Following the Steelwood Collegiate Invitational, the Owls will take the rest of the fall and winter off before opening the spring schedule co-hosting the All-American Intercollegiate, Feb. 16-18.