Feb. 17, 2014
Mobile, Ala. - The Southern Miss men's golf team is in 12th-place heading into the final round of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. The tournament is hosted by South Alabama and is being played at the par-72, 7,212-yard Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course.
The Golden Eagles are 22-over par after shooting rounds of 300 and 298.
Senior Kevin Brady is tied for 21st-place at three-over par after shooting rounds of 73 and 74. Senior Zach Estep is tied for 37th-place at five-over par after shooting rounds of 77 and 72. The 72 is his fourth round of par or better this year and the 26th of his career.
Sophomore Kevin Jorden is eight-over par in a 39th-place tie. He opened with a 75 before finishing the day with a 77.
Junior Drew Kirby is tied for 43rd-place at six-over par after carding consecutive rounds of 75. Junior Casey Fernandez opened with rounds of 75 and 80 to sit in a tie for 63rd-place at 11-over par. Sophomore Michael Perez is tied for 68th-place at 14-over par after rounds of 81 and 77.
"In the first round, our ball striking was consistent," said Southern Miss head coach Jerry Weeks. "We kept the ball in play off the tee and hit a lot of greens. However, we did not take advantage of those opportunities with the putter. In the second round, we got off to a hot start. As a team, we were five under early in the round and making a push to the top five of the leaderboard. We continued to execute good shots in round two, but our short games let us down on the inward stretch."
Auburn leads the tournament at four-under par, followed by Georgia State and Kentucky at one-over. Niclas Carlsson of Auburn and Middle Tennessee's Payne Denman are tied for the individual lead at four-under par.
In the USA Individual Tournament, senior Jared Smith is tied for third-place at six-over par, two shots back of Auburn's Blake Messer. Sophomore Kevin Jorden is tied for 12th-place at 10-over par and sophomore Tyler Peggs is 12-over, tied for 19th-place. Senior Trent Hillis is in 31st-place at 21-over par.
Added Weeks, "Our team is filled with great players and we expect to right the ship tomorrow and close with a good performance."
The final round begins at 8 a.m. CT with the Golden Eagles teeing off at 9:03. Fans can follow all the action at www.golfstat.com.