Memphis, Belote capture Rudolph titles

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Memphis won its first tournament in 2 1/2 years on Sunday, capturing the Mason Rudolph Championship behind the strong play of junior Jack Belote.

The Tigers, No. 69 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished at 10-under 842, two shots ahead of South Carolina at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. It was Memphis’ first tournament title since March 2008, at the CSU Spring Kick Off Tournament.

Belote’s 54-hole total of 8-under 205 – the second-lowest in school history – topped South Carolina’s Blaine Woodruff by a shot. It was Belote’s first career victory, and the first time a Memphis player claimed medalist honors since 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Brad Benjamin, in 2007. Belote is No. 49 in Golfweek’s rankings.

Mississippi finished third in the team competition, five shots back, and Oklahoma was another shot behind.

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