Men's Golf In 11th After First Round Of Conference USA Championships
April 30, 2007
TEXARKANA, Ark. - East Carolina junior Anthony Reale fired a one-over par 73 Sunday during the opening round of the 2007 Conference USA Men's Golf Championships being held at the par 72, 6,935-yard Texarkana Country Club in Oneonta, Ala. on a clear day with temperatures in the mid-80's. Reale completed the first 18 holes tied for 17th.
As a team, the Pirates ended the day in 11th place with a 14-over par 302, but only seven shots out of fifth place ina tightly bunched field.
With a four-under par performance from Tulsa senior Ryan Henry shot a four-under par to lead the individual competition and help his team complete the day with a three-stroke lead.
Henry is followed closely by UAB senior Garrett Osborn and Memphis sophomore Brad Benjamin, who both carded a three-under 69 in today's play. Benjamin finished fourth at the 2006 C-USA Championship and recorded two eagles in this first round at No. 2 and No. 7. He is pacing his Tigers to a second place position on the team leaderboard.
UTEP, who teed off first with Tulsa this morning, is in third place with a three-over 291. Freshman Josh Taylor broke par for the Miners and is in a six-way tie for fifth place with a 71.
Southern Miss placed three players in the Top 20 after the first 18 holes, with an even 72 from sophomore Rocky Cleland. Houston finished just two strokes behind on the day with a 295 thanks to a one-under from junior Jordan Irwin.
Rice and UCF enter Monday's round tied for sixth place with a 296. The pair is followed by UAB at 298 and Marshall with a 300.
Junior Addison Awe led the Owls by carding a 70 on the first day to sit alone in fourth place of the individual standings.
Defending champion SMU and ECU rounded out the 11-team field, respectively, finishing just one stroke apart. The two will be paired together for round two to start things off at 8 a.m. on Monday. The Mustangs were without top player Colt Knost today while the senior played as an amateur in the final round of the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. Knost was the first amateur to make the cut of the PGA event since 1993. SMU freshman Frank Wrenn IV stepped up to fill his shoes and fired a 71.
Tuesday's final round tees off at 8 a.m., with teams going off both the front and back nine. The winner of the C-USA Championship receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals. Live scoring is available on www.conferenceusa.com.