April 22, 2003
HATTIESBURG, Miss. ... The University of Texas at Arlington's golf team moved into a tied for sixth place after two rounds at the 2003 Southland Conference Championship at Canebrake Golf Course in Hattiesburg, Miss., Tuesday. The Mavericks are 16 strokes behind tournament leader Lamar heading into the tournament's final day on Wednesday.
Texas-Arlington entered the afternoon tied for seventh place with Texas-San Antonio after the teams finished Monday's first round with team scores of 297. Both teams made a jump in the second round, as the Mavericks shot 288 in the second round to pass Southwest Texas, who was in fifth place after firing a 293 on Monday but fell back into eighth with a second round 295 that put the Bobcats three strokes behind UTA and Louisiana-Monroe. Meanwhile, Texas-San Antonio jumped all the way to a second-place tie with Stephen F. Austin after shooting a second round 279, the best round of the tournament.
Still, Lamar, has been the most consistent team in the tournament, shooting 286 Monday and 283 Tuesday for a 36-hole 569. The Cardinals, the league's defending champions, are seven strokes ahead of Stephen F. Austin and UT-San Antonio. SFA shot 289 Monday and 287 Tuesday.
Southeastern Louisiana owns a 295-287=582 to find itself in fourth place, while McNeese State is shooting 290-294=584, good enough for fifth place. After ULM and UTA in a sixth-place tie and SWT in eighth place, Sam Houston State and Nicholls State round out the standings. Sam Houston State is shooting 298-293=591, and Nicholls State is shooting 307-302=609.
Individually, UTA's Brandon Mullen finds himself in a tie for eighth place with three other players after firing a second round 69 Tuesday. After two rounds, Mullen owns a 36-hole 143, seven strokes behind the leader, Lamar's Chris Stroud. Stroud shot 136 over the first 36 holes, three strokes better than second place Duffy Pugh of Texas-San Antonio. Stroud and Pugh own the two best rounds in the tournament. Stroud shot a 65 Tuesday, while Pugh fired a 65 in the second round.
UTA's Anthony Estorga is tied for 12th place after shooting 72-72=144. Maverick teammates Tyrone Mordt and Landon Allen are tied for 27th with scores of 149. Mordt shot 76-73, while Allen shot 75-74. Jordan Krantz is UTA's fifth player, shooting 83-76=159. Krantz is tied for 48th out of the field's 50 players.
The final round will be played Wednesday afternoon. The tournament champion will received the SLC's automatic bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament.
1. Lamar, 286-283=569
2. Stephen F. Austin, 289-287=576
Texas-San Antonio, 297-279=576
4. Southeastern Louisiana, 295-287=582
5. McNeese State, 290-295=584
6. Louisiana-Monroe, 288-297=585
8. Southwest Texas, 293-295=588
9. Sam Houston State, 298-293=591
10. Nicholls State, 307-302=609
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