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Chris Worrell is in seventh place after the opening round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
Chris Worrell is in seventh place after the opening round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
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Sept. 16, 2012

Burlington, Iowa - The Tulsa men's golf team opened the fall season on Sunday with a round of five-over par 293 for fourth place in the 15-team field at the 54-hole Golfweek Conference Challenge.

Tulsa sits behind first place Missouri by seven strokes at the par-72 Spirit Hollow Golf Course. The Tigers carded a two-under par 286 score, while Ball State is in second place at 289, Iowa is in third place with a 292 total, followed by Tulsa's 293. Wake Forest rounds out the top-5 teams with a score of 294.

The Golden Hurricane had three top-20 performances by returning players Chris Worrell, Mark Mumford and Matt Mabrey. Worrell sits in a seventh-place tie after carding a round of one-under par 71 on Sunday. Mumford is in 12th place and Mabrey sits in 19th place for the Hurricane.

The senior Worrell jumped out to a great start on the first 10 holes with birdies on the par-5 second and fourth holes, the par-4 sixth and the par-5 10th hole. He gave one shot back on the par-3 12th hole with a bogey and on the par-4 16th suffered a double-bogey before playing even the final two holes.

After beginning with a bogey on the first hole, Mumford birdied holes 2, 3, 4 and the par-3 seventh hole. However, Mumford bogeyed the 8th, 12th, and 13th before suffering a double on the par-4 14th hole. He did, however, birdie the par-5 18th hole and finished the day with a one-over par score of 73.

Mabrey had a wild first five holes. He double-bogeyed holes 1 and 3, birdied hole 2, eagled hole 4 and bogeyed hole 5, and after the first five holes sat at two-over par. He went to one-under par with a birdie on the par-4 8th hole and got back to even-par with a birdie putt on the par-5 10th hole. Mabrey suffered his third double-bogey of the opening round on the par-4 13th hole and closed out the day in 19th place with a two-over par score of 74.



Tulsa's Logan McCracken is in 28th place after an opening round of three-over par 75, while Colton Staggs shot an 83 and is in 70th place.

Iowa's Steven Ihm and Missouri's Jace Long share the individual lead with rounds of four-under par 68.

The second round gets underway Monday morning as Tulsa's first tee time is 9:50 am (CT). The tournament concludes on Tuesday with the final 18 holes.

Team Results
1.	Missouri	        286
2.	Ball State	        289
3.	Iowa	                292
4.	Tulsa	                293
5.	Wake Forest	        294
6.	Jacksonville State	298
7.	UL-Lafayette	        299
8.	Central Arkansas	302
9.	Long Beach State    	303
T10.	San Jose State	        306
T10.	Florida Gulf Coast	306
T10.	Kansas	                306
T10.	San Francisco	        306
14.	Campbell	        310
15.	Xavier	                311

Tulsa Individual Results T7. Chris Worrell 71 (-1) T12. Mark Mumford 73 (+1) T19. Matt Mabrey 74 (+2) T28. Logan McCracken 75 (+3) T70. Colton Staggs 83 (+11)

Top-5 Individuals T1. Jace Long, Missouri 68 (-4) T1. Steven Ihm, Iowa 68 (-4) T3. Tomasz Anderson, Jacksonville State 69 (-3) T3. Alex Stinson, Ball State 69 (-3) T5. Edward Figueroa, Florida Gulf Coast 70 (-2) T5. Thomas Birdsey, Wake Forest 70 (-2)