RECAP: Perkins in fourth after two rounds; @UTTylerMensGolf fifth at NCAA tournament

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

GREENSBORO, N.C. – UT Tyler sophomore Trystan Perkins shot a 3-under-par 69, while Sam Hill and Tyler Uhlig shot 70s for the Patriots who are fifth at the NCAA Division III Championships with a scorecard of 296-287 – 583 (7-over) after Wednesday’s round at the Grandover Resort. The tournament resumes on Thursday with the third round before the final round on Friday to crown the NCAA DIII national champion. 

UT Tyler is only five strokes behind tournament leader, Guilford College (283-295 – 578) after the opening two rounds which have both had suspensions of play due to rain. Perkins is fourth individually with a 72-69 – 141 and Hill finds himself in a tie for 12th with a 74-70 – 144. Uhlig closed out his round by a hole-in-one and birdie and is tied for 23rd with a 76-70 – 146. As a team, UT Tyler was 1-under-par on Wednesday to move up the leaderboard.

“I was proud of how we stayed focused after the weather delay," UT Tyler coach Michael McMunn said. "We came out ready to play and gained some ground. We need to be sure to stay focused and continue to make good decisions. There’s a lot of good teams at the top and we’ll need to play our best the next two days.”

Perkins continued his impressive play at the national tournament by starting the second day with a birdie on No. 18 in the shotgun start and then finishing with five birdies on the day. Perkins made three of his five birdies on par 5s for his low-round of his career. He entered this week’s tournament playing his best golf having his top finish at seventh in the American Southwest Conference Championship and is 2-under par on par 3s so far this week. Hill also made five birdies during his round on Tuesday with three on par 4s. A finalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, Hill goes into the third round with a 74-70 – 144 scorecard. Uhlig’s day was highlighted by his hole-in-one on No. 15 which is a 140-yard par 3 which was followed by a birdie on No. 16 which is a par 5 to complete his second round. A junior from Magnolia, Uhlig won the ASC Championship two weeks ago and is now at 76-70 – 146 after two rounds.

Nicklaus Cuny is in 94th after posting a 74-80 – 154 and Hayden Montoya carded an 83-78 – 161.

UT Tyler leads the tournament in par-3 scoring at even-par through 36 holes of play, while the Patriots are also even-par on par 5s. As a team, the Patriots have made 25 birdies and have one eagle after Uhlig’s hole-in-one.  

Along with Guiliford College, the Patriots are behind Washington & Lee and Methodist who are tied for second with 581s and Emory which is fourth after recording 283-299 – 582. Concordia is now seventh overall after posting 307-283 – 590 after two rounds. The tournament had a cut after the second round with 24 teams leaving. UT Tyler is now one of 18 still competing for the national championship that has two more rounds.