Mabrey, Staggs lead TU to one-shot victory

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The University of Tulsa Men’s golf team won the 2015 UALR/First Tee Collegiate Classic with a team total of 866, beating American Conference foe Memphis by one stroke. The Hurricane’s victory came behind individual medalist honors for senior Matt Mabrey who won the tournament after turning in a three-round total of 210, finishing 6-under par.

This was Tulsa’s first team title since the 2010-11 season when the team won the National Invitational on March 22.

Mabrey jumped five spots on Tuesday after carding a 68 in the last round of action. Mabrey’s only other tournament win was his medalist honors at last year’s Conference USA Championship.

Fellow senior Colton Staggs turned in a 74 Tuesday, slipping out of the top-spot that he occupied after the first two rounds. His 212 score put him just two strokes behind his teammate and just one stroke behind two golfers who tied for second-place.

Francisco Yanez finish the tournament with 223 earning him a share of 35th-place, his best finish so far this season. Sebastian Smith also earned his best finish of the season, coming in tied for 42nd-place with a 225 total. Matthew Marquez was three strokes back from his teammate at 228.

After the Tigers, who took home second with 867, Louisiana-Monroe came in third at 878 followed by the host Arkansas-Little Rock (877) and McNeese State (885) filled out the top-five team finishers.

Next up the Hurricane will be back at it in Kannapolis, N.C. at the Irish Creek Collegiate April 11-12 in their last tournament before the American Championships.

Team Scores
1.    Tulsa                 285-290-291=866
2.    Memphis             290-291-286=867
3.    Louisiana-Monroe     295-289-292=876
4.     Arkansas-Little Rock     292-285-300=877
5.    McNeese State         296-286-303=885
6.    Missouri State         290-297-299=886
7.    Stephen F. Austin      294-296-298=888
8.    Louisiana Tech         297-287-305=889
9.    Southern Mississippi     294-303-295=892
10.    Indian Hills CC         288-301-304=893
T11.    Lipscomb University     302-288-304=894
T11.     UT-Martin         297-297-300=894
13.    Central Arkansas     300-296-304=900
14.    Abilene Christian     298-305-304=907
15.    Oral Roberts         305-303-300=908
16.    Nebraska-Omaha         305-300-313=918

Tulsa Individuals
1.    Matt Mabrey            72-70-68=210 (-6)
4.    Colton Staggs            69-69-74=212 (-4)
T35.    Francisco Yanez            74-75-74=223 (+7)
T42.    Sebastian Smith            70-76-79=225 (+9)
T55.    Matthew Marquez            74-79-75=228 (+12)

Top-5 Individuals
1.    Matt Mabrey                       72-70-68=210 (-6)
T2.    Pep Angles, Central Arkansas        70-72-69=211 (-5)
T2.     Greg Smail, Louisiana-Monroe            72-68-71=211 (-5)
4.    Colton Staggs                    69-69-74=212 (-4)
T5.    Lars van Meijel, Memphis        74-72-68=214 (-2)
T5.    Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech        74-70-70=214 (-2)


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