LAREDO – With two rounds in the books at the Border Olympics, the men’s golf team is currently sitting in third place at the 16-team event.  


The Kats were steady all day, posting rounds of 280 and 278 in the three round event at Laredo Country Club. They Kats trail No. 20-ranked Arkansas State and are a one shot back of UTRGV. 


In the afternoon rounds, when scores started going up, the Kats improved. They entered round two in fifth place, but were one of two teams to post rounds under 280 to move into second by the end of the day. 


These guys played so well as a team today,” said coach Brandt Kieschnick. “That was one of our best and most focused 36 holes of golf I’ve seen from our team.”


Noah Steele was the model of that steadiness shown by the Kats, posting back-to-back rounds of 70. William Holcomb posted a second-round 68 and he’s currently 5-under for the tournament. 


Jack Randle is just a shot back of Steele after rounds of 70 and 71. Camden DeBonis opened with a 69 and he’s currently 1-over par. Levi Valadez is 3-over, but bounced back in round 2 with a 69. Luis Carrera shot the low round for the Bearkats with a 67 and is 2-under playing as an individual. 


“This is the hardest we have worked on mental preparation and having the same focus at the beginning of the round and the end of the round and we’ve done it really well this semester,” Kieschnick said. “We are excited for the chance to get a victory tomorrow and will implement our same game plan.”

* - earlier versions of this story said the Kats were in second place. There was an error in the GolfStat scoring system and this story has been updated to reflect the changes.