BASTROP – Sam Houston State sits in ninth place at 18-over, 594, after the opening two rounds of the Jim West Intercollegiate, hosted by Texas State at the par-72, 7,205-yard Wolfdancer Golf Club.
The Bearkats, who carded consecutive rounds of 297 on Monday, are led by Andrew Ertel, who enters Tuesday’s final round in a five-way tie for seventh at 3-under, 141. The senior followed up a 1-over, 73, by firing a second-round 4-under, 68, and sits just five strokes back of the lead.
Teammate William Holcomb (72-76) shot 4-over through his opening 36 holes and sits in a five-way tie for 33rd at 4-over, 148. Holcomb is followed by another freshman in Noah Steele (74-76) who is in a three-way tie for 41st after carding a 6-over, 150.
Rice paces action for the tightly-woven field with just four strokes separating the top-five teams. The Owls sit at 2-under, 574, after trimming four strokes off their opening-round 289. New Mexico State’s Ryo Harada holds the 36-hole advantage at 8-under, 136.
The squad, along with the rest of the field, hopes to get underway at the regularly-scheduled 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday with heavy storms expected to roll through the area overnight. Ertel will tee off on the 11th hole with Holcomb on No. 12, Steele on No. 13, McCrory on No. 14 and Massengale on the 15th.
Tuesday’s final round will be the last in regular-season action. The Bearkats look to turn the page on a positive note with the Southland Conference Championship slated for April 24-26 at Stonebridge Country Club’s Dye Course in McKinney.
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the opening day from Andrew Ertel…
“Andrew played very solid and had a chance to shoot very low. He’s got a chance to win for the second tournament in a row. I’m proud of how he’s competing.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the team performance…
“As a team, we’ve got to clean up our rounds. The guys are working hard and we are going to try to go shoot a low round tomorrow before we head to conference.”