Tulane Men's Golf Continues to Battle

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A pair of 74s by Michael Birtel put the sophomore in contention in Orlando before falling back on the final day.
A pair of 74s by Michael Birtel put the sophomore in contention in Orlando before falling back on the final day.
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Feb. 15, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla. - New Orleans sophomore Michael Birtel recorded a pair of two-over par 74s to lead the Tulane men's golf team at the UCF/Rio Pinar Intercollegiate played at the Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando.

Playing in chilly, windy conditions, Birtel opened with a two-over par 74 and came back to finish the second round the next day with an identical score. After falling back in the final round, he finished tied for 52nd with a 54-hole score of 229.

Freshman Sean Madgett was the Wave's next-best finisher as he posted a five-over 77 in his final round to tie for 85th. Sophomore Braden List also had his top round of the tournament, a 77, in the final round as the Tulane team came in with its lowest round of the event on Tuesday.

Lamar won the team title, followed by Southern Miss and UT Arlington. The Cardinals' Casey Clendenon also claimed individual medalist honors, shooting five-under par 211 over the 54 holes.

The Green Wave 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 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 Ragin' Cajun Classic in Lafayette, La. On Monday and Tuesday, March 6-7.

Tulane Scores: T52. Michael Birtel 74-74-81=229 (+13); T85. Sean Madgett 82-80-77=239 (+23); 90. Braden List 91-83-77=251 (+35); 91. Nick Heather 89-83-81=253 (+37); 92. Chris Partridge 87-89-80=256 (+40)

Team Scores: 1. Lamar 296-293-288=877 (+13); 2. Southern Miss 298-292-294=884 (+20); 3. UT-Arlington 298-299-296=893 (+29); 4. Louisville 297-301-296=894 (+30); 5. UCF 310-294-294=898 (+34); 6. Mississippi 297-301-301=899 (+35); 7. Mississippi State 317-294-290=901 (+37); 8. Furman 304-299-299=902 (+38) and Memphis 295-302-305=902 (+38) and South Alabama 306-289-307=902 (+38); 11. Mercer 308-299-296=903 (+39); 12. Wichita State 313-302-289=904 (+40); 13. Michigan 304-304-299=907 (+43); 14. Nevada 315-299-295=909 (+45) and Davidson 313-305-291=909 (+45); 16. South Florida 309-300-301=910 (+46); 17. UNC Wilmington 316-307-299=922 (+58); 17. Tulane 332-320-315=967 (+103).



Individual Leaders: 1. Casey Clendenon (Lamar) 71-71-69=211 (-5); 2. Greg Forrest (UCF) 76-72-68=216 (E) and Jason Cuthbertson (Southern Miss) 74-74-68=216 (E); 4. Daryl Fathauer 72-72-75=219 (+3); 5. Dawie VanDerWalt (Lamar) 76-74-70=220 (+4) and Johnny Caldwell (South Alabama) 75-73-72=220 (+4) and Daniel Burns (South Alabama) 77-70-73=220 (+4).

-- Roll Wave --