April 8, 2013
WEST POINT, Miss. - Louisiana Tech's Victor Lange and Travis Wilmore both shot red numbers during the opening day of the Old Waverly Collegiate Championships held at Old Waverly Golf Course Monday morning and afternoon.
Each competitor recorded one round in the red as Lange shot a two-round total of one-under-par 143 (69-74) while Wilmore shot an even-par 144 (73-71). Lange is currently tied for seventh while Wilmore is tied for 11th as the Bulldogs are 10th out of 14 teams following 36 holes.
"Victor had an incredible front nine on the opening round, shooting a 30," said head coach Jeff Parks. "He didn't finish as well as he would have liked but he still played very solid golf today. Travis had two very steady rounds as well. Both of those guys performed like they are capable of performing.
"I was also proud of Brandon Newton who competed as a team member at his first collegiate event. He was able to contribute this morning to our team score. This afternoon was a little tougher for him, but I'm still happy with his effort."
The Bulldogs got off to a quick start in the morning round and at one point were five-under-par as a team. However, some errant shots cost them as they shot an 11-over-par 299 in the opening 18 holes.
"It seemed like we had our normal rounds ... lots of birdies, some bad shots here and there and a few too many large numbers," Parks said. "This is a course that if you hit it well and keep it in play, you can really score. If you don't, it will penalize you quickly."
Tech also fared well early in the afternoon round and sat at three-over-par as a team with six holes remaining before once again finding some trouble down the stretch and finishing with a 298 for a 36-hole total of 597.
Twentieth-ranked Mississippi State leads the event with a two-round team total of 575 followed by UAB (576), South Alabama (582), Southern Miss (589), Southeastern Louisiana (590), Memphis (591), Ole Miss (592), Cincinnati (592), Georgia State (596), LA Tech (597), UL-Lafayette (604), Rice (605), Middle Tennessee (617) and Arkansas State (624).
Cincinnati's Emerson Newsome leads the individual leaderboard with a two-round total of six-under-par 138.
The event will wrap up Tuesday morning with the final 18 holes starting at 8 a.m.