Tigers’ golf team finds it stroke

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Men's Golf team has reached minor celebrity status around town of late.

"We were at Memphis country club yesterday, and having members out there and having ladies come out of the pro shop and telling us great job and we went to eat last night, and people at the place we were eating come up to us.  Its' been real nice," said Tigers Senior Jack Belote.

The recognition is for good reason, too.  The golf team has enjoyed perhaps its most successful season ever, hitting yet another milestone last weekend.

Memphis earned a berth in the NCAA Championship for just the second time in program history.  It's their first since 1988, after finishing fifth in the NCAA Bowling Green Regional.

"We have this pyramid that says the rode to Riviera at the to, so we've made it there, but we're not done yet," stated Senior Jonathan Fly.

"We're just gonna go out and try to win the national championship," said Grant Robbins.  Robbins is Tigers Head Golf Coach, and Conference USA Coach of the Year.

The Tigers already made team history earlier this year, claiming their first Conference USA Title.

Experience has been the key for the U of M, with Senior All C-USA first team selections Jonathan Fly and Jack Belote setting the pace.  Fly followed up a tie for third individually at regional's with more positive buzz, announcing he'll make his pro debut in two weeks at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity, grew up at Southwind since I was 8 years old, it's just always been a dream to play between the race with the big guys, so I'm really looking forward to it," said Fly.

For now, Fly and the rest of the Tigers have their eyes glued to just one course, and hopefully its greener too.

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