Churchman Second, Mean Green Advance To Match Play
Cory Churchman Finishes Tied For Second, Earns All-Tournament Team Spot
TEXARKANA, Ark. - Senior Cory Churchman earned a spot on the Conference USA Championship all-tournament team, finishing in a tie for second from Texarkana Country Club, while the team booked a spot in Tuesday's match play semifinal. North Texas still has the opportunity to win the conference title and seize C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals in mid-May.
Due to forecasted inclement weather Wednesday, the 54-hole stroke play event was adjuested to have the second and third rounds on Monday, moving match play up to Tuesday. The Mean Green led most of the event, and finished at +19 for the tournament, four strokes behind stroke play winner UTEP.
North Texas, UTEP, Charlotte and the winner of a Middle Tennessee/Southern Miss playoff in the morning, will compete Tuesday for the opportunity to win the conference title. The Mean Green, qualifying for their third consecutive match play event at the conference tournament, earned the No. 2 seed and are set to take on No. 3 Charlotte with a 8:30 a.m. CT tee time. The winner of that match will take on the winner of the other semifinal between No. 1 UTEP and No. 4 Middle Tennessee/Southern Miss. The final is scheduled for the afternoon.
"Cory played great this week," head coach Brad Stracke said. "He is an excellent leader and stepped up big for us. Overall the team performed well and I'm excited for the guys to play in match play. Charlotte has a good team and it should be a very competitive match."
The Mean Green had a pair of top 10 finishers in Churchman and sophomore Thomas Rosenmueller, while fellow sophomore Ian Snyman finished inside the top 20, tied for 17th.
Churchman fired a 3-over 75 in the second round, while carding a 1-over 73 in the third and final round Monday. The senior birdied on five occasions Monday, twice in the second round and three times to close his day in the third round. He was three strokes behind the individual champion, Seth Gandy of Charlotte. This marks Churchman's third top-10 finish of the year.
Rosenmueller placed in a tie for seventh at 4-over par for the tournament, but had a very difficult close to his Monday, shooting a 10-over 82 in the final round. The Munich native entered the final round in a tie for the lead with Gandy at 6-under, but four bogeys and four double bogeys led to a challenging finish in the third round. That came after a very strong, 2-under 70 in the second round to start the day, but his troubles towards the end eliminated him from individual title contention. Rosenmueller's seventh place finish is his second in the top-10 this year.
Snyman finished in a tie for 17th at 7-over for the tournament after his even-par 72 in the second round, and 4-over performance in the final round. The South African native birdied five times Monday, including three in the third round. This marks Snyman's sixth top-20 finish of the year.
North Texas fell in the semifinal round of last year's conference tournament in Texarkana to Louisiana Tech, who went on to win the title after upsetting UAB.
Fans can follow along with live results from Tuesday's semifinal, courtesy of Golfstat.
Conference USA Championship Central
1. UTEP (+15)
2. North Texas (+19)
3. Charlotte (+28)
T4. Middle Tennessee (+29)
T4. Southern Miss (+29)
6. Marshall (+36)
7. UTSA (+38)
8. UAB (+39)
9. Rice (+41)
10. Western Kentucky (+46)
11. Louisiana Tech (+55)
12. Old Dominion (+56)
13. Florida Atlantic (+75)
T2. Cory Churchman (E)
T7. Thomas Rosenmueller (+4)
T17. Ian Snyman (+7)
T29. Andrew Hudson (+12)
T59. Devin Jackson (+25)
All-Tournament Team (Top Five Finishers)
1. Seth Gandy - Charlotte (-3)
T2. Cory Churchman - North Texas (E)
T2. Taylor Eyster - UAB (E)
4. Ryan Argotsinger - Southern Miss (+1)
5. Nick Rencis - Old Dominion (+2)