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Golden Eagle Golfers Take Big Lead into Final Round of Jim Rivers Intercollegiate

Oct. 21, 2013


Choudrant, La. - The Southern Miss men's golf team holds a nine-shot lead heading into the final round of the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate. The tournament is hosted by Louisiana Tech and is being played at the par-72, 7,105-yard Squire Creek Country Club.

"I'm really proud of our guys," said head coach Jerry Weeks. "They played awesome this afternoon. The golf course is playing unbelievably quick and fast. (Southern Miss) handled the green speed unbelievably. They played just great and we can't wait for tomorrow."

The Golden Eagles are five-under par after shooting rounds of 293 and 278. The 278 ties the sixth lowest round in school history.

Senior Zach Estep is in second-place at six-under par after firing consecutive 79's. He is two shots back of Gonzalo Rubio of North Texas. His 36-hole score of 138 ties his career-best, and he now has 24 rounds of par or better in his career and seven rounds in the 60's.

Junior Drew Kirby and sophomore Kevin Jorden are tied for sixth-place at two-under par. Kirby fired rounds of 76 and 66, while Jorden shot 72 and 70. Kirby now has three rounds of par or better in his career, and set career-lows for round (66) and 36-hole score (142). The 66 also ties the ninth-lowest round in school history. Jorden now has four rounds of par or better this year.

Sophomore Michael Perez, playing as an individual, is tied for 12th-place at even par. He opened with a 74 before posting a 70. It was his fourth career round of par or better and tied his career-low. He also set a career-best 36-hole score (144)

Senior Kevin Brady is seven-over par after posting rounds 76 and 75 to sit in a 34th-place tie and junior Casey Fernandez shot rounds of 79 and 73 to tie for 37th-place at eight-over par.

The final round begins at 8 a.m. CT. Fans can follow all the action live at

1 Southern Miss -5 293 278 571
2 Zach Estep -6 69 69 138
t6 Kevin Jorden -2 72 70 142
t6 Drew Kirby -2 76 66 142
t12 Michael Perez E 74 70 144
t34 Kevin Brady +7 76 75 151
t37 Casey Fernandez +8 79 73 152

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