April 26, 2006
WEST POINT, Miss. - Tulane sophomore Braden List completed a strong showing in the Conference USA Men's Golf Championship by shooting a one-under par 71 Wednesday at the Old Waverly Golf Course in West Point, Miss. as the Green Wave's tumultuous 2006 season came to a close.
The Conference USA Championship was the final competition of the year for the Green Wave men's golf team, one of eight programs suspended by the university beginning next year in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Several team members opted to transfer or to save a year of eligibility by not participating this spring, and head coach Tom Shaw fielded a short roster of just four players throughout the spring. Instead of dropping its highest score each day, Tulane was forced to count all four scores. The Green Wave compiled a team score of 314 Wednesday and finished the event in 12th place after placing third a year ago.
List, a Delray Beach, Fla. product, posted three straight rounds in the 70s to finish tied for 38th overall, leading all Tulane finishers. He finished two strokes ahead of fellow sophomore Michael Birtel, who compiled a 54-hole total of 10-over par 226 to tie for 44th. Freshman Nick Heather lowered his score every day, finishing with a six-over 78 on Wednesday.
SMU came from behind to win the team title by six strokes after shooting a team score of 12-under par 276 Wednesday. The Mustangs defeated second place UCF by six strokes, while Tulsa finished eight strokes behind SMU at 11-under 853. Memphis placed fourth and was the only other team under par as they came in at eight-under while second round co-leader Houston fell back to fifth. UAB was sixth while Rice and East Carolina tied for seventh, one stroke ahead of Southern Miss. Marshall, UTEP and Tulane rounded out the field.
SMU was led by individual medalist Will Dodson, who ran away from the field by firing a seven-under par 65 Wednesday to win by five strokes over second place finisher Sonny Nimkhum of UCF. Brad Benjamin of Memphis was third, followed by Colt Knost of SMU.
1. SMU 278-291-276 = 845 (-19); 2. UCF 288-283-280=851 (-13); 3. Tulsa 285-287-281=853 (-11); 4. Memphis 276-289-291 = 856 (-8); 5. Houston 285-280-300 = 865 (+1); 6. UAB 286-291-292=869 (+5); T7. Rice 286-295-295=876 (+12) and East Carolina 296-297-283=876 (+12); 9. Southern Miss 292-291-294=877 (+13); 10. Marshall 302-297-288=887 (+23); 11. UTEP 291-311-294=896 (+32); 12. Tulane 308-315-314=937 (+73).
1. Will Dodson, SMU 70-68-65=203 (-13); 2. Sonny Nimkhum, UCF 72-66-70=208 (-8); 3. Brad Benjamin, Memphis 67-73-69=209 (-7); 4. Colt Knost, SMU 66-75-69=210 (-6); T5. Garrett Osborn, UAB 69-72-71=212 (-4) and Mitch Cohlmia, Tulsa 71-72-69=212 (-4) and Sam Korbe, Tulsa 69-74-69=212 (-4) and Kyle Kelley, Rice 69-72-71=212 (-4).
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