March 22, 2006
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Southern Conference today named Western Carolina's Tripp Morrow as its Men's Golfer of the Week. The Forest City, N.C., product is the only Catamount to ever receive the honor. However, this marks the second time Morrow has earned the honor, duplicating the feat on April 7, 2005.
Western Carolina, who stood in 16th place after round one in the 19-team El Diablo Intercollegiate, rallied to finish sixth (tied) thanks to the improved play of Morrow over the final rounds. After shooting 82 in the opening round and ranking 81st, he rebounded with rounds of 69 and 72 to finish ninth (tied). Morrow, who recorded his sixth career top 10 finish and first of the season, shot 141 over the final two rounds, which ranks as his third-lowest, two-round total of his career. He wound up leading the 116-person field with 40 pars over 54 holes.
Morrow was not the only Catamount to place among the top 10 at the El Diablo Intercollegiate. Sophomore Matt Cook turned in a three-round score of 219 to tie for fourth. The Murphy, N.C., native recorded his fourth top five finish in this his seventh event of the season and his 10th career top 10 in 12 all-time events. Cook turned in the 16th-lowest, 54-hole total in school history and his 219 was his fourth-best, three-round score ever. He was eight under par on the par fives for the tournament and ranked third in the field with his 12 birdies.
Cook and Morrow currently rank 1-2 on Western Carolina's all-time scoring list. Cook has a career stroke average of 72.11, while Morrow's career stroke average is 75.06.
The Catamounts will return to action this weekend at the 37th annual Furman Intercollegiate Golf Tournament. The three rounds will take place Friday-Sunday (Mar. 24-26) at the 6,800-yard, par 72, Furman University Golf Course.