Tuesday, April 18, 2017
KERRVILLE – UT Tyler is in second place and 12 shots back of the lead at the American Southwest Conference Men’s Golf Championship after 36 holes on Tuesday at Comanche Trace with George Toone leading the Patriots by shooting 3-under-par which has him tied for second with 18 holes to play.
The Patriots are at 5-under-par as a team after shooting a 292-279 – 571 on Tuesday, while Mary Hardin-Baylor leads the eight-team field at 17-under with a team total of 276-283 – 559. The tournament will resume at 8 a.m. on Wednesday with a shotgun start for the final round.
Toone shot a 74-67 – 141 and is tied with two players, while UMHB’s Mats Heien leads the field after carding a 64-69 – 133 to establish an eight-shot advantage going into Wednesday’s final round. UT Tyler’s Sam Hill is sixth overall 69-74 – 143, Brandon Rougeau seventh after an even-par 36 holes of 75-69 – 144 and Cody Gilbert is eighth with a 74-71 – 145 (1-over). Trystan Perkins is 4-over-par and tied for 13th with a 76-72 – 148 in his first round.
“I really liked how we bounced back and stayed patient all day,” UT Tyler coach Michael McMunn said. “We may have been too patient at times in the first round. We’re not looking at a particular number or score to make a comeback, we are going out tomorrow with the focus to play our best golf. If we come back, great. UMHB played great golf today and for that have a good lead.”
Toone shot his 67 with seven birdies, including stringing together four in a row on the back-9 with two on par-4s, one par-3 and one par-5. His opening round consisted of only one birdie, but with 13 pars to put himself into contention. Hill was the opposite, with seven first-round birdies and then two on his second 18, while Rougeau had six birdies on his second 18 and four in his first round to combat seven bogeys. He was 4-under on his first nine of his second 18 on Tuesday and Gilbert had four birdies on his second round on Tuesday.
Concordia is in third with a 292-296 – 588 (12-over), while Hardin-Simmons is fourth (306-298 – 604) and LeTourneau fifth (300-306 – 606). UT Tyler has been the ASC Championship runner-up the past four years and will look to chip away at UMHB’s lead and win their third ASC title and first since 2012 when the teams return to Comanche Trace for an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Wednesday. The winner of the tournament is the American Southwest Conference champion and receives the Conference automatic berth into the NCAA Division Men’s Golf Championship. The national tournament will be played from May 16-19 at Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.