April 29, 2014
EDMOND, Okla. - The No. 18 UAB men's golf team finished as the runner-up at the 2014 Conference USA Championships at the Oak Tree Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon. UAB recorded an 862 (+9) for the three-round event, one stroke behind tournament champion Rice.
"It is a bitter pill to swallow," head coach Alan Murray stated. "You can't fault the guys' effort, they just put too many big numbers throughout the weekend and it cost them. Conditions were tough again today, it was very windy. It was a real challenge out there, but we just made too many bad errors out there."
Despite not being able to claim their second Conference USA crown in program history, the Blazers picked up their ninth top-three finish of the 2013-14 season. In addition, it marked the Blazers' best finish at the conference championship since taking home the gold in 2008.
Sophomore Martin Rohwer was the lowest scorer for UAB for the three-round event at the par-70, 6,861-yard course. In his first C-USA Championship of his collegiate career, Rohwer fired a 216 (+6) and finished in ninth place. It marked his fourth top-10 finish of the season.
"Martin shot three-over today," added Murray. "He needed medical attention during the round, his back was really hurting him. He really grinded through it."
Junior Paul Dunne suffered a tough final round, but still managed to finish in 217 strokes (+7). The 2014 Palmer Cup selection recorded a 10th place finish, his fourth top-10 finish in the past five events.
Redshirt senior Thomas Sutton, in his fourth consecutive Conference USA Championship, placed 15th after shooting a nine-over par for 54 holes. It marked his highest finish since his runner-up performance at the Samford Intercollegiate in early March.
Senior Sam Love and Wilson McDonald completed the Blazers' lineup. The pair each finished in 220 strokes (+10). Love closed out the tournament with a final-round 70 (E), his 11th round at or under par in 2013-14.
"We're disappointed with this, but we just have to put it behind us," Murray concluded. "We will find out where we are going for regionals in the next week or so. We have to focus on getting prepared for that and everyone needs to improve, like every golfer. We have to keep working hard and can hopefully play better at regionals."
The 2014 NCAA Division Men's Golf Championships selections will be announced live on Monday, May 5 at 10 a.m. ET on the Golf Channel's Morning Drive. UAB is aiming to make its third consecutive regionals appearance, matching its longest streak in program history.
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