Men's Golf

 
Michael Thompson

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Tucson, Ariz.

High School:
University

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 175

Birthdate:
04/16/1985

Experience:
1L

Michael Thompson

01/25/2012

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Fall 2004: Claimed his third career tournament win at the Raising Cane Classic in Hattiesburg Sept. 20-21. Shot seven-under par 206 with rounds of 68-68-70, then birdied the second playoff hole to claim the win in the 2004-05 season opener. Recorded his lowest 54-hole total of 11-under par 205 (68-68-69) at the University Club Intercollegiate in Baton Rouge to tie for fourth. Tallied a stroke average of 72.4 in five fall events with two Top 10 finishes. Shot a season-low 68 four times and totaled eight rounds of par or better. Opened strong at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions in Knoxville, Tenn. with rounds of 71 and 72 before coming in at seven-over par 220 over 54 holes. Tied for 30th at the Memphis Intercollegiate with rounds of 74-77-75 for a 10-over par 226. Posted Tulane's best score in two events and was second on the team in Knoxville.

Summer 2004: One of 64 players (out of 311) to advance to match play at the U.S. Amateur Championships at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Shot 74-71 during stroke play to tie for 12th with a score of five-over par 145. Lost on the 20th hole in match play. Finished first in a qualifying tournament in Phoenix to qualify for the U.S. Amateur. Shot eight-under par 136 with rounds of 69 and 67 at the Vistancia Golf Club to advance to New York.

2003-04: Became the first Tulane player to earn Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors and was also named the Louisiana Freshman of the Year by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association. Earned second team all-league honors and was a first team All-Louisiana honoree. Won the individual titles at the Moe O'Brien Memorial Invitational and at the LSU Spring Invitational with both wins coming in playoffs, and finished second behind All-American Bill Haas at the NOKIA Sugar Bowl Tulane Invitational. Led Tulane with a stroke average of 72.9 for the season, including a 71.7 mark in six spring events. Posted three Top 10 and eight Top 25 finishes on the season and was in the Top 25 in all six spring tournaments. All 18 of his spring scores counted toward the team total as did 93 percent of his rounds on the season. Shot a career-low 66 in the second round of the NOKIA Sugar Bowl Tulane Invitational en route to a five-under 211 and the runner-up finish. Low 54-hole score of nine-under par 207 came at the LSU Spring Invitational which he won in a playoff after shooting 69-68-70. Also tallied a five-under 211 in winning the Moe O'Brien Memorial Invitational with rounds of 67, 70 and 74. Carded 12 rounds of 70 or better on the season with five rounds in the 60s. Named national Men's Collegiate Player of the Week by Golf World Magazine in its March 12 issue following the win in Lake Charles. Selected the Conference USA Men's Golfer of the Month for March after picking up his second first place finish in Baton Rouge. Tulane's top finisher in five of six spring events and was among the squad's top two eight times on the year. Tied for 11th at the C-USA Championships with a four-over 220 that included a second round 70. Top round, and tourney, of the fall was the Coca Cola Tournament of Champions in Knoxville where he fired a first-round 69 en route to a one-over 217 and a tie for 19th place. Also tied for 19th at the First Reliance Intercollegiate in Florence, S.C. when he had a 70 in the first round and finished at five-over par 221 (70-77-74).

Prep: The No. 2 ranked player in Arizona and one of the Top 20 junior players in the country as a high school senior. Named Player of the Year by the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. A two-time first-team All-State golfer in Arizona with a nine-hole scoring average of 34.3 in 2002. Posted five Top 15 finishes and one top five placing in American Junior Golf Association events in 2002-03. Tied for 11th at the prestigious Westfield Junior PGA Championship. Twice won the Gil Campos Award as the most promising underclassman on his high school team. Named the Arizona Player of the Year by two different newspapers in Arizona. Led his team to the 2002 4A state championship as a junior with a sixth-place individual finish. The team had placed second the previous year. Also played soccer for the two-time regional champion Rangers and was an honorable mention all-state soccer player as a senior. Qualified for the Honor Roll all four years of high school.

Personal: Born April 16, 1985 in Tucson, Ariz. Son of Mike and Beth Thompson and has two brothers and one sister. Earned Eagle Scout status from the Boy Scouts of America. Plans to major in business management at Tulane.

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