Birtel Leads Tulane Men's Golf at Rice Intercollegiate

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Tulane sophomore Michael Birtel opened with a 73 and went on to finish 21st at the Rice Intercollegiate in the first action of the spring for the men's golf team.
Tulane sophomore Michael Birtel opened with a 73 and went on to finish 21st at the Rice Intercollegiate in the first action of the spring for the men's golf team.
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Feb. 8, 2006

HOUSTON, Texas - Sophomore Michael Birtel led the way for a young Tulane men's golf team in its first competition of the 2006 spring season at the Rice Intercollegiate, played at the 6,700-yard, par 70 Willowisp Country Club Golf Course in Houston.

Birtel, a New Orleans native, shot rounds of 76-77-73 to finish tied for 21st with a 54-hole total of 16-over par 226. Freshman Sean Madgett was Tulane's No. 2 finisher as he tied for 35th, shooting 19-over par 75-79-75 for a total of 229. Sophomore Braden List tied Birtel for the lowest Tulane round of the tournament as he fired a three-over par 73 in the opening round Monday before finishing at 24-over 234, tied for 56th. Freshman Nick Heather (79-85-76) and sophomore Chris Partridge (84-88-77) closed out the Tulane scores.

As a team, the Green Wave posted two solid rounds as they opened with a 303 and were tied for sixth following the opening 18 holes, led by List's 73 and Madgett's 75. But Tulane struggled in the second 18 of the day, a fact which Head Coach Tom Shaw partly attributed to the team's youth and lack of tournament experience.

"For two out of three rounds we hung tough, but we were just not experienced enough to last on the 36-hole day with the windy conditions," Shaw said. "It was the first tournament in a while for several of these guys, so it was good to get it out of the way and hopefully we can build on this going forward."

In Tuesday's final round, Tulane came back to tally its lowest team score of the tournament with a 301, but it was not enough to lift the Wave out of 14th place as they finished just one stroke behind UNC-Greensboro. Santa Clara won the event by five strokes over Colorado State with host Rice third.

The men's golf team, one of eight programs suspended by Tulane in December in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is one of just two suspended Green Wave teams which elected to continue competing this semester. The roster now includes just five active players after a pair of players transferred while others chose to sit out the 2006 spring in order to preserve a redshirt year.



Tulane is next in action at the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate in Orlando, Fla., Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13-14.

Tulane Scores: T21. Michael Birtel 76-77-73=226 (+16); T35. Sean Madgett 75-79-75=229 (+19); T56. Braden List 73-80-81=234 (+24); 70. Nick Heather 79-85-76=240 (+30); 73. Chris Partridge 84-88-77=249 (+39).

Team Scores: 1. Santa Clara 304-289-296=889 (+49); 2. Colorado State 292-302-300=894 (+54); 3. Rice 294-304-300=898 (+58); 4. UT San Antonio 300-301-298=899 (+59); T5. Pacific 307-302-295=904 (+64) and UL Lafayette 303-300-301=904 (+64); 7. UL Monroe 304-302-302=908 (+68); 8. Miami (Ohio) 315-296-298=909 (+69); 9. Sam Houston State 311-298-301=910 (+70); 10. Richmond 295-306-311=912 (+72); 11. Louisiana Tech 299-313-304=916 (+76); 12. Stephen F. Austin 314-304-300=918 (+78); 13. UNC Greensboro 312-309-303=924 (+84); 14. Tulane 303-321-301=925 (+85).

Top Individuals: **1. Derrick Whitting, Colorado State 72-77-70=219 (+9); 2. Brian Grossman, Stephen F. Austin 74-71-74=219 (+9), Michael Nicoletti, Santa Clara 73-71-75=219 (+9), Trey McNeill, Louisiana Tech 72-77-70=219 (+9); T5. John Elizondo, UTSA 71-74-75=220 (+10) and Heon Young Lee, Rice 76-71-73=220 (+10). **Indicates won in a playoff.

-- Roll Wave --