April 21, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's golf team will travel to Texarkana, Ark., for the 2012 Conference USA Championships, Sunday-Tuesday, April 22-24. The tournament will be played at the par-72, 6,935-yard Texarkana Country Club for the second straight year.
The Golden Eagles are looking to finally break through into the top spot, as they have taken second-place finishes in two of the last four championships and have finished in the top three in three of the last five.
The Golden Eagles will tee off from the 10th tee. Sophomore Kevin Brady will tee off at 8:50 a.m. in the No. 5 position. He is averaging 74.8 strokes per round. In 10 events on the year, Brady has one top ten and two top 20 finishes. His best finish was a 10th-place tie at the season-opening Sam Hall Intercollegiate.
Sophomore Zach Estep will tee off at 9:00 a.m. in the No. 4 position. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native is leading the team with a 73.8 stroke average on the year. In nine tournaments this year, Estep has one top five and two top 10 finishes. His best finish was third-place at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Intercollegiate.
Freshman Casey Fernandez tees off at 9:10 a.m. from the No. 3 position. The McAlester, Okla. native is averaging 75.1 strokes per round. He has two top 20 finishes in 10 tournaments this year. His best finish was an 11th-place tie at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Intercollegiate.
Redshirt senior Nick Brown is in the No. 2 position and will tee off and 9:20 a.m. Brown is averaging 75.4 strokes per round. In 10 tournaments, his best finish came at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Intercollegiate, where he tied for 25th-place.
Redshirt senior Derek Plucienski will tee off at 9:30 a.m. from the No. 1 position. Plucienski is averaging 75.0 strokes per round. He has one top five finish, a second-place finish at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Intercollegiate.
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Southern Miss Line-up
1. Derek Plucienski
2. Nick Brown
3. Casey Fernandez
4. Zach Estep
5. Kevin Brady