Tech Struggles in Final Day at Memphis


Updated Oct 3, 2006 20:23:52

Tech Struggles in Final Day at Memphis


MEMPHIS ? Just when it looked like Louisiana Tech was on the verge of its best finish at a major tournament in quite some time, the Bulldogs were unable to close the deal in the final round of the Memphis Intercollegiate Tuesday at Colonial Country Club?s South Course.

Despite sophomore Corey Bartlett and senior Trey McNeill shooting 72 and 74 respectively over the final 18 holes, Louisiana Tech shot a team total of 307 to finish tied for 12th in the 18-team field.

?We were really in good shape after two rounds,? said head coach Jean Hall, whose Bulldogs were in seventh place heading into Tuesday?s final round. ?This was the strongest field we?ve been in all year. We had played well, particularly the second 18. We put ourselves in position to move up to fifth or sixth place but we didn?t play well at all today.

?Corey Bartlett and Trey McNeill played well, but that was it.?

Bartlett finished tied for 17th place in the individual competition with a three-round total of 220, while McNeill finished tied for 38th place at 224.

However, after an impressive first two rounds that saw freshman Matthew Harvey at even par and tied for 12th, the Georgetown, Texas, native struggled to an 81 while teammates Michael Birtel (80) and Chad Bailey (83) also had a tough final day.

?We?re trying to find the right combination,? Hall said. ?We gave some new guys a chance to play. We have to find the right group where one through five can contribute all the way through the tournament. We are going back to the drawing board.?

Louisville won the tournament with a three-round total of 857 while TCU (868), Wisconsin (876), Mississippi State (877) and Southeastern Louisiana (881) rounded out the top five.

TCU?s Franklin Corpening won the individual competition with a three-round total of four-under-par 212.