Pirates In Sixth At C-USA Championship
April 20, 2008
TEXARKANA, Ark. - East Carolina carded a first round total of one-over-par 289 and trails front-running Memphis by 10 strokes heading and stands in sixth place heading into round two on Monday at the 2008 Conference USA Men's Golf Championships being held at the par 72, 6,935-yard Texarkana Country Club.
With a four-under par performance from Memphis seniors Robbie Greenwell and Ian Rochester, the Tigers took an early lead after the opening round as they fired a team total of 11-under-par 277. Greenwell and Rochester are in a six-way tie for first place in the individual standings after 18.
Pirate sophomore Tanner Briele completed the opening round of competition tied for 11th with a one-under par 71. Senior Anthony Reale and junior Andre Thorsen each shot even-par on the opening 18 holes and are tied for 16th. Junior Markus Leandersson and freshman Warren Straub each carded a score of two-over 74 and are tied for 32nd.
Houston ended the day six-under for second place. Junior Brady Shivers was the Cougars top finisher with a 68, while Jordan Irwin, who tied for runner-up honors at the 2007 C-USA Championship, was two-under to tie for seventh today. UAB follows close behind, just one stroke off the Cougars, in third place. The Blazers also had a pair of 68 performances from juniors Brad Smith and Zach Sucher.
Southern Miss sophomore Paul Apyan is also tied in the top slot in the individual standings and led the Golden Eagles to a two-under day for fourth place. Apyan made a nice jump with an eagle on No. 17, a par 4 hole. UCF, who teed off first with Marshall this morning, is in fifth place with a 287. The No. 19 Knights had three players place in the Top 20, with freshman Kyle Cobb and junior Greg Forest breaking par at one-under (tied for 11th).
Defending champion Tulsa is seventh and was paced by freshman Ryan Brooks with a 70. Rice and SMU will tee off with Tulsa tomorrow, while UTEP and Marshall rounded out the 11-team field, respectively.
Monday's second round is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. CDT. The winner of the C-USA Championship receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals. Live scoring is available on www.conferenceusa.com.