With a school record 557 over two rounds the Sam Houston men’s golf team sits in first place after the first day of the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz.

After an opening round 282, the Kats followed with a 275, tied for the second best 18-hole score in school history. The 557 (19-under par) mark ties the best 36-hole score set in 2015 in Houston.

“Coming off a win last week was huge for us and we wanted to ride that momentum into this week,” said head coach Brandt Kieschnick. “They understand the game and they play with wisdom and passion which makes them very tough competitors.”

Austen Christiansen leads the way for the Bearkats, sitting in fourth place after rounds of 69 and 70. He sits just two shots off the lead at 5r-under heading into Tuesday’s final round.

William Holcomb and Camden DeBonis are each tied for 12th, two shots back of Christiansen. DeBonis played his first seven holes of the second round at 4-under par, with an eagle on the par-5 17th.

After a win last week, Jake McCrory put together one of his best rounds of the year. The senior from Deer Park struggled in round 1 by shooting a 79, but bounced back in a big way, shooting the low round of the tournament for the Kats with a 66.

“Starting today, this was the most motivated we been all year to get in position to win and start off good,” Kieschnick said. “We are excited about tomorrow to execute the same game plan and play great golf and work to come out on top.”

The Kats will take a 3-shot lead into the final round over UTSA. Wyoming and McNeese are tied for third, 10-shots back of the Bearkats.