Former players support Brogden in final event for TU men’s golf program

Lecanto, Fla. – The Tulsa men’s golf team completed the season in ninth place at the American Athletic Conference Championships on Tuesday. The Golden Hurricane finished the 54-hole tournament with a score of 924 following today’s round of 307 total at the par-72 Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch. 

Barring a revival of the program by the TU administration, that will be the final event for Tulsa men’s golf and was already set to be the final event of the 47-year coaching career of Bill Brogden, the last 30 of those at Tulsa. The University announced in March that it was dropping men’s golf as a cost-saving measure.

Three stars from Brogden’s Oral Roberts team that nearly won the 1981 national championship came out to support their final coach. Joey Rassett, who lives in Florida, Jim Kane from Oklahoma and Bryan Norton from Kansas, were all on hand.

Junior Matthew Marquez turned in his best round of the tournament, and the best tournament round for the Tulsa team. He carded a 1-under par 71 Tuesday for a total score of 227 and finished in 29th place. Marquez began the day on hole 10, and birdied the par-5 14th hole to go one-under par, but got back to even when he bogeyed the par-3 17th hole. Marquez finished the round with a birdie on the par-4 seventh hole to finish 1-under par for the day.
 
Freshman Jack Knoesel finished in 35th place with a score of 230 after today’s round of 80, while sophomore Francisco Yanez placed 38th overall with a score of 233 following today’s 79.
 
Freshman Marc Kepka tallied a round of 77 and finished in 40th place with a score of 234. Red-shirt freshman Sam Humphreys placed 45th overall with a total score of 243.
 
South Florida won its second straight league title with a 20-stroke victory over second-place Memphis. USF totaled a round of 278 on Tuesday for a 19-under par 845 score. USF’s Aksel Olsen won individual medalist honors with an overall total of seven-under par 209.
 
Team Results

1.        South Florida              285-282-278=845
2.        Memphis                    294-290-281=865
3.        Houston                      290-289-292=871
4.        East Carolina               287-292-294=873
5.        UCF                          293-294-289=876
6.        Cincinnati                   295-293-303=891
7.        UConn                       302-297-297=896
8.        Temple                       304-303-294=901
9.        Tulsa                         300-317-307=924
 
Tulsa Individuals
T29.    Matthew Marquez         74-82-71=227
35.      Jack Knoesel                74-76-80=230
T38.    Francisco Yanez           77-77-79=233
T40.    Marc Kepka                 75-82-77=234
45.      Sam Humphreys           79-83-81=243
        
Top-5 Individuals
1.     Aksel Olsen, South Florida        70-70-69=209 (-7)
2.     Thomas Perrot, Memphis          71-72-67=210 (-6)
3.     Chase Koepka, South Florida     71-68-72=211 (-5)
4.     Claudio Correa, South Florida    71-73-68=212 (-4)
5.     Brandon Matthews, Temple       69-74-70=213 (-3)

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