Despite 1-2 finish, TU slips to third in C-USA Championship

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Edmond, Okla. – Tulsa’s Matt Mabrey and Logan McCracken switched places on Tuesday as Mabrey overtook McCracken for individual medalist honors at the 2014 Conference USA Men’s Golf Championships. Mabrey came into the final round two strokes behind leader and teammate McCracken at the par-70, 6,861-yard Oak Tree Country Club East Course, but used an even-par 70 to take first place with a 209 total, while McCracken scored a 74 for a 211 54-hole score.
Mabrey is the first Tulsa player in nine years as a member of Conference USA to win the league’s individual title. His conference crown marks the 20th time in school history that the Hurricane has had an individual conference champion and the first since the 2004 season when David Inglis claimed the Western Athletic Conference title.
The Golden Hurricane team led the first two days but succumbed to tournament champion Rice’s 6-over par score of 286 and a three-day total of 861. 18th-ranked UAB finished in second place, one stroke behind the Owls, with an 862 total score after a round of 289 today. Tulsa finished in third place at 866, followed by Charlotte (868) and Middle Tennessee (869) rounding out the top five teams.
Mabrey played pretty steady throughout the round as he birdied holes 7 and 17 and bogeyed the 11th and 13th for his even par score. McCracken was even-par after the first nine holes as he birdied holes one and 9, but suffered a double bogey on hole 7. After starting the back nine with a birdie on the par-4 10th hole, McCracken suffered double bogeys on holes 12 and 14 and bogeys on holes 15 and 17. He birdied the 18th hole to finish the day with his 4-over par score.
Tulsa’s Mark Mumford placed 40th overall with a score if 225 after today’s round of 76, while freshman Matthew Marquez placed 42nd carded a round of 77 to finish with a score of 226. Junior Colton Staggs struggled on the day with a score of 84 for a 230 total and 49th place.
Rice gained Conference USA’s automatic NCAA bid with the league championship. Tulsa will learn its’ fate next Monday, May 5th when the NCAA regional participants are announced.
Team Results
1.      Rice                            293-282-286=861
2.      UAB                           290-283-289=862
3.      Tulsa                          288-281-297=866
4.      Charlotte                    291-281-296=868
5.      Middle Tennessee       293-282-294=869
T6.   Southern Miss             298-288-300=886
T6.   UTEP                         302-292-292=886
8.      East Carolina              308-284-295=887
9.      Old Dominion             307-289-293=889
10.    North Texas               296-298-300=894
11.    UTSA                         307-289-302=898
12.    LA Tech                     304-397-301=902
13.    Marshall                     306-291-311=908
14.    FAU                           310-305-317=932
Tulsa Individuals
1.      Matt Mabrey              70-69-70=209
2.      Logan McCracken      67-70-74=211
T40. Mark Mumford           78-71-76=225
T42. Matthew Marquez       78-71-77=226
T49. Colton Staggs              73-73-84=230

Top-5 Individuals
1.      Matt Mabrey, Tulsa                    70-69-70=209 (-1)
2.      Logan McCracken, Tulsa            67-70-74=211 (+1)
3.      Tommy Economou, Rice            70-71-71=212 (+2)
T4.   Victor Lange, LA Tech                           68-73-72=213 (+2)
T4.   Kevin Reilly, Rice                       70-69-74=213 (+2)

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