Oct. 4, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Junior Kyle Ritchie shot a two-under par 70 and the Green Wave saved their best round for last as the Tulane University men's golf team finished seventh at the Memphis Intercollegiate Tuesday at the par-72, 7,249-yard Colonial Country Club.
The Green Wave - who got better as the tournament went along - fired a 302 and 293 in day one of the event on Monday, and shot a team-best 290 on Tuesday. The showing was the fifth best of the 15 participating teams, but the Green Wave slid three spots after heading to the clubhouse yesterday in fourth place. Ritchie, who had an even-par 144 in day one, finished tied for third in the individual standings.
"Kyle Ritchie was Mr. Consistency for us throughout the tournament," Tulane head coach Tom Shaw said. "He had arguably the best performances of his collegiate career, and this bodes well not only for the rest of the season, but for his career as well."
Fellow junior Michael Thompson, the reigning Louisiana Player of the Year and a 2005 first-team All-Conference USA selection, was next for Tulane with a one-under par 71 on Tuesday, and finished the two-day event tied for 11th with a three-over par 219 (72-76-71).
Sophomore Andrew Freeman finished tied for 45th with a 227 (80-73-74), redshirt-sophomore Bill Gutknecht followed with a 235 (83-72-80) to finish tied for 67th, and true freshman Sean Madgett carded a 75 in the final round to finish tied for 71st with a 236 (78-83-75).
"We got off to bit of a slow start in round one, but I am proud of the way the team bounced back and showed improvement over the next 36 holes," Shaw said. "There is still a lot of room for improvement from top to bottom, and we need to learn to play up to our potential every time we play. If we can just avoid some mental lapses, I feel we will have a very successful season."
Host Memphis won the team title with a 12-over par 876 (291-288-297) to post a five-stroke victory over fellow C-USA member Southern Miss (287-301-293=881). Memphis' Kevin Fortin-Simard took home medalist honors with an eight-under par 208 (69-67-72), and finished four strokes ahead of Southern Miss' Justin Elliot, who carded a four-under par 212 (67-71-74).
All told, C-USA student-athletes posted the top four individual scores as Ritchie finished tied for third with Marshall's Shawn Warren (73-70-71=214).
The Green Wave return to action on Monday, Oct. 17, when Tulane opens play at the Squire Creek Intercollegiate in Ruston, La., hosted by Louisiana Tech.
Team Scores: 1. Memphis 291-288-297=876 (+12); 2. Southern Miss 287-301-293=881 (+17); 3. Wisconsin 302-295-286=883 (+19); T4. Iowa 298-300-286=884 (+20), Penn State 294-302-288=884 (+20), Kansas State 294-294-296=884 (+20); 7. Tulane 302-293-290=885 (+21); 8. Mississippi State 296-303-287=886 (+22); 9. Michigan 297-300-291=888 (+24); 10. USF 300-298-292=890 (+26); 11. Nebraska 300-301-296=897 (33); 12. South Alabama 306-290-306=902 (+38); 13. Marshall 298-310-298=906 (+42); 14. Iowa State 303-312-304=919 (+55); 15. Arkansas-Little Rock 310-308-305=923 (+59).
Individual Leaders: 1. Keven Fortin-Simard (Memphis) 69-67-72=208 (-8); 2. Justin Elliot (Southern Miss) 67-71-74=212 (-4); T3. Shawn Warren (Marshall) 73-70-71=214 (-2), Kyle Ritchie (Tulane) 72-72-70=214 (-2); T5. Robert Rohanna (Penn State) 72-74-70=216 (-1), Tim Schaetzel (Michigan) 68-77-71=216 (E).
Tulane Scores: T3. Kyle Ritchie 72-72-70=214 (-2); T11. Michael Thompson 72-76-71=219 (+3); T45. Andrew Freeman 80-73-74=227 (+11); T67. Bill Gutknecht 83-72-80=235 (+19); T71. Sean Madgett 78-83-75=236 (+20).