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Tulane Finishes Fourth at Battle of the Bend

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Junior Michael Thompson's three-under par 69 was the lowest round by a Green Wave player at the Battle of the Bend.
 
Junior Michael Thompson's three-under par 69 was the lowest round by a Green Wave player at the Battle of the Bend.
 
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Nov. 9, 2005

MANY, La. - Michael Thompson saved his best for last as the junior from Tucson, Ariz., fired a three-under par 69, his lowest score of the tournament, in the final round to lead the Tulane men's golf team to a fourth-place finish at the Battle of the Bend played at the Par-72, 6,707-yard Cypress Bend Golf Club.

The Green Wave carded a final round of 296 and concluded the three-day tournament in fourth-place with 882, five strokes behind Conference USA newcomer Rice, which finished in fourth. Cross-town foe UNO maintained its lead throughout the tournament, winning the team title with a four-under par 860 while Southeastern Louisiana claimed second-place with a three-round total of 869.

Thompson, the reigning Louisiana Player of the Year, trimmed five strokes off of his second round total to wrap up the tournament tied for sixth-place in the individual standings with an even-par 216 while classmate Kyle Ritchie finished in a tie for 13th (219) after a final round of 78.

"Michael (Thompson) was very motivated to play well today and ended the fall season with a good round," Green Wave head coach Tom Shaw said. "We're starting to see some good play from him, and it's a shame we don't have any more fall tournaments because he's really coming into his own.

"Kyle (Ritchie) had a rough day, but gave us two good rounds at the beginning of the tournament," Shaw added. "We had a couple of guys that had rough days and that prevented us from making up any ground in the standings."

Sophomore Andrew Freeman also carded a 78 in the third round, finishing three strokes behind Ritchie in 18th (222). Fellow sophomores Braden List and Bill Gutknecht each turned in their lowest rounds of the tournament on Wednesday, as List shot a 74 to finish in 32nd while Gutknecht tallied 75 for a 44th-place finish.

 

 

Tulane concluded the fall season on Wednesday at the Battle of the Bend and will return to action on Feb. 6, 2006 at the Rice Invitational.

Team Scores: 1. New Orleans 284, 283, 293 = 860 (-4); 2. Southeastern Louisiana 292, 289, 288 = 869 (+5); 3. Rice 288, 289, 300 = 877 (+13); 4. Tulane 293, 293, 296 = 882 (+18); 5. Sam Houston State 298, 293, 296 = 887 (+23); 6. Louisiana-Lafayette 298, 292, 305 = 895 (+31); 7. Houston JV 302,304, 293 = 899 (+35); 8. Stephen F. Austin 305, 302, 298 = 905 (+41); 9. Texas State 301, 310, 298 = 909 (+45); 10. Nicholls State 303, 303, 305 = 911 (+47); 11. Mc Neese State 301, 310, 307 = 918 (+54); 12. Texas Pan American 305, 310, 306 = 921 (+57); 13. Centenary 299, 328, 329 = 956 (+92).

Individual Leaders: 1. Parker LaBarge (Rice) 69,69, 73 = 211 (-5); 2. Anthony Cantu (New Orleans) 72, 71, 70 = 213 (-3); T3. Adam Cornelson (New Orleans) 71,70, 73 = 214 (-2); T3. Matthew Carvell (Southeastern La.) 71, 69, 74 = 214 (-2); 5. Michael Smith (UL-Lafayette) 71, 69, 75 = 215 (-1).

Tulane Scores: T6. Michael Thompson 73, 74, 69 = 216 (E); T13. Kyle Ritchie 70, 71, 78 = 219 (+3); T18. Andrew Freeman 73, 71, 78 = 222 (+6); T32. Braden List 77, 77, 74 = 228 (+12); T44. Bill Gutknecht 77, 79, 75 = 231 (+15).

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