April 24, 2012
TEXARKANA, Ark. - Memphis swung out to an early lead and held on to win the 2012 Conference USA Men's Golf Championship with a five-under 859 on the par 72, 6,935-yard Texarkana Country Club. This is the first C-USA men's golf title for the Tigers.
Final Championship Results
No. 42 Memphis had a pair of all-tournament team performances from seniors Jack Belote and Jonathan Fly. Belote was under par each day and finished with a seven-under 209 to tie for second place. Fly carded a 214 to tie for fifth place overall.
UCF sophomore Greg Eason birdied on two of his final three holes today to earn medalist honors. After placing second a year ago, Eason finished the 2012 tournament with a 70-68-70=208. Teammates Ricardo Gouveia and Kyle Wilshire were also in the top 10 to lead the No. 20 Knights to a second-place team finish, two strokes behind Memphis.
East Carolina senior Harold Varner tied for the low round of the day with a 69 to finish 10th individually and led the No. 37 Pirates to a third-place finish. No. 31 UAB and No. 41 SMU tied for fourth place. The Mustangs were led by senior Max Buckley, who carded a 69 in the final round to tie for second place with a three-day score of 209.
Houston freshman Roman Robledo earned the final spot on the all-tournament team, tying for fifth place in his first C-USA Championship. He led the Cougars to a sixth-place team finish. Tulsa, Marshall, Southern Miss, UTEP and Rice rounded out the field.
Robledo and Fly tied with Marshall senior Bosten Miller with a two-under 214. Another freshman, UTEP's Martin Simonsen, also made the all-tournament squad as his finished fourth with a 212 that included the low round of the tournament with a 67 during Monday's second round.
Memphis receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals. Complete team and individual qualifiers, as well as site of regional play, will be announced early next month.
Team Standings (Final)
1. Memphis - 282-289-288=859 (-5)
2. UCF - 290-284-287=861 (-3)
3. East Carolina - 295-287-287=869 (+5)
4. UAB - 292-291-290=873 (+9)
4. SMU - 284-300-289=873 (+9)
6. Houston - 292-296-296=884 (+20)
7. Tulsa - 301-296-291=888 (+24)
8. Marshall - 286-309-297=892 (+28)
9. Southern Miss - 296-303-295=894 (+30)
10. UTEP - 297-299-302=898 (+34)
11. Rice - 309-296-310=915 (+51)