A day after tying a tournament record at the Invitational at The Ocean Course, Rice freshman Kevin Reilly shot a 71 Tuesday to finish tied for seventh.
Reilly, an Oviedo, Fla. native competing in his fourth collegiate tournament, shot a 66 in the second round of the invitational held in Kiawah Island, S.C., site of the 2012 PGA Championship won by Rory Mcllroy.
The six under par round matched a tournament record, shared by Georgia’s Joey Garber who went on to win the invitational. South Florida’s Branden Collins also shot a 66 in 2011.
“Kevin took advantage of some early momentum and put together a PGA Tour quality round on a major championship venue,” Rice coach Justin Emil said in a news release. “There is a lot more where that came from for this young man.”
Rice finished in ninth place in a competitive 14-team field. The Owls outshot Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State and finished one stroke in back of Florida. USF won the tournament.
The tournament wraps up fall play for the Owls, who won’t see competition again until February.
“We are really close to playing well as a team and after an up-and-down fall, Emil said. "We now have some time to work on things in order to get better.”
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Reilly finished with a three-round total of 216, which was even par for the tournament. He recorded 12 birdies in the tournament and an eagle on the 543-yard second hole.
“I’m very proud of Kevin and how he fought back from round one,” Emil said. “The 66 yesterday was stellar and today’s round of 71 could have been a lot lower if he made some more putts.”