Nov. 1, 2005
TUNICA, Miss. - Junior Michael Thompson shot a three-day 221 to finish second in the overall individual standings and the Green Wave saved their best performance for the final round as the Tulane University men's golf team finished eighth of 15 teams at the Tunica National Intercollegiate Tuesday at the par-72, 7,204-yard Tunica National Golf Course.
Tulane, which battled severe winds throughout the two-day event, shot a 310 and 311 in the first two rounds on Monday, but bounced back to fire a 306 in the final round to improve one spot from yesterday's standings. Thompson, meanwhile, shot a two-over par 74 on Tuesday to finish just one stroke behind medalist winner Edward McGlasson of Colorado.
"The wind blew in at 20-25 miles per hour all day yesterday, and today, it was coming the opposite direction at something like 15-20 miles per hour, so it was like you were playing two different golf courses," Tulane head coach Tom Shaw said. The first day, the wind blew so much we were just in survival mode. Today, we knew it couldn't get any worse, we were prepared, and knew what to expect.
"Even the best players in the country struggle under those kinds of conditions, and what it comes down to who has more guts. I think that is a testament to our team. They did not pack it in and just kept fighting."
Thompson led the Green Wave, and fellow junior Kyle Ritchie was next with a 13-over par 229 (76-75-78) to finish tied for 14th. Sophomores Andrew Freeman (79-77-76=232), Bill Gutknecht (84-83-78=245) and Braden List (85-85-80=250) rounded out the Tulane five to finish tied for 31st, tied for 65th and tied for 72nd, respectively.
"Michael Thompson played well," Shaw said. "He had control of his shots and played well all week. Kyle played well, also. He shook off a bad tournament last time in Ruston and played very well this week."
SMU won the team title with a plus-41 905 (300-302-303) and finished two strokes ahead of runner-up Belmont (306-310-291=907). Tulane was the third-best C-USA finisher, as UAB was third with a 911 (302-304-305), and posted a six-stroke victory over host Ole Miss and a seven-shot win over arch-rival LSU.
McGlasson took home the individual championship with a four-over par 220 (72-72-76) to edge out Thompson by one stroke. Logan Young, an individual participant from Mississippi State, finished third with a 222 (67-76-79).
The Green Wave return to action on Nov. 7 when they open play at the Battle on the Bend in Many, La. The tournament is slated for three days, and is the final tournament of the fall for Tulane. Tulane opens the spring portion of its schedule on Feb. 6-7, when the Green Wave travel to Houston to participate in the Rice Invitational.
Team Scores: 1. SMU 300-302-303=905 (+41); 2. Belmont 306-310-291=907 (+43); 3. UAB 302-304-305=911 (+47); 4. Kent State 301-310-306=917 (+53); 5. UNC-Greensoro 309-306-305=920 (+56); T6. Mississippi State 315-298-311=924 (+60), Colorado 306-312-306=924 (+60); 8. Tulane 310-311-306=927 (+63); 9. Lamar 307-316-308=931 (+67); 10. Ole Miss 308-312-313=933 (+69); 11. LSU 317-319-298=934 (+70); 12. North Florida 312-316-308=936 (+72); 13. South Alabama 316-307-317=940 (+76); 14. Guilford College 316-325-327=968 (+104); 15. Jackson State 330-323-325=978 (+114).
Individual Leaders: 1. Edward McGlasson (Colorado) 72-72-76=220 (+4); 2. Michael Thompson 71-76-74=221 (+5); 3. Logan Young (Mississippi State) 67-76-79=222 (+6); T4. Will Dodson (SMU) 76-74-73=223 (+7), Jeff Lanier (Belmont) 75-76-72=223 (+7).
Tulane Scores: 2. Michael Thompson 71-76-74=221 (+5); T14. Kyle Ritchie 76-75-78=229 (+13); T31. Andrew Freeman 79-77-76=232 (+16); T65. Bill Gutknecht 84-83-78=245 (+29); T72. Braden List 85-85-80=250 (+34).