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Roadrunners record top spring finish at Rice Intercollegiate

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 02/23/2011
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HOUSTON — Led by a 21st-place showing from senior Lewis Chong, the UTSA men’s golf team finished seventh — its top showing of the spring season — at the Rice Intercollegiate, which concluded Tuesday at Westwood Golf Club (par 72/7,184 yards).
 
The Roadrunners tied for seventh out of 15 teams with a seven-over 871 (282-297-292), as all five players placed in the top 50. It nearly matched their best overall finish this season, a fifth-place effort at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational in October, and it was the team's best score to par, 24 strokes better than the 895 registered in Hawai`i.

Chong entered the final 18 holes in a tie for 20th after carding a three-under-par 145 (70-75) on Monday. The Lethbridge, Alberta, native recorded a one-over-par 73 on Tuesday to tie for 21st with his two-over 218 (70-75-73).
  
Sophomore Mitchell Griffin tied for 23rd after recording a 219 (73-72-74), while sophomore Nicko Dodd tied for 37th with a 221 (73-75-73). Sophomore Austin Struble carded a 222 (75-75-72) and tied with freshman Ryan Werre (66-77-79), who tied a tournament record with his opening-round 66, for 41st place.

New Mexico State claimed the team title by firing an 837 (291-279-283), while Florida Gulf Coast (285-281-290=856) and Wichita State (281-288-288=857) finished second and third, respectively. New Mexico State’s Gaston De La Torre won the individual title with a nine-under 207 (72-67-68).

The Roadrunners will return to the course after an extended break when they travel to Laredo to compete in the Border Olympics from March 25-26.

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