April 9, 2012
MEMPHIS - Louisiana Tech sophomore Travis Wilmore shot a two-round total of one-over-par 145 to lead the Bulldogs in the opening day of the 2012 Memphis Intercollegiate at the Colonial Country Club Monday.
Wilmore currently sits in a tie for fourth place out of 69 competitors heading into Tuesday's final round while the Bulldogs are in eighth place, 14 strokes off the team lead of Kennesaw State.
Wilmore shot an opening round of two-under-par 70 as Tech sat in sixth place in the 12-team event after the opening 18 holes of play. The Bulldogs got solid rounds from Sam Forgan (73) and Cody Blankenship (76) during the morning, but seniors Cody Santone (83) and Jonathan Bale (84) struggled.
The afternoon saw Wilmore and Blankenship shoot 75s while Santone shot 77, Forgan 78 and Bale 79 as Tech's 18-hole total of 305 bettered only two other teams.
"Travis played really well today," said Tech head coach Jeff Parks. "The greens were very firm and it was tough to land the ball. However, everyone played under the same conditions all day and Travis found a way to overcome the challenge.
"We have to put today behind us and come out tomorrow and play the way we know we are capable of playing. We need all five golfers to play the way I know they can play."
Kennesaw State leads the event with a team total of 593 followed by Middle Tennessee (596), Memphis (599), Vanderbilt (599), Akron (599), UAB (601), Mississippi State (605), LA Tech (607), Southern Miss (613), South Alabama (616), UALR (626) and Arkansas State (646).
UALR's Nicklaus Benton, playing as an individual, leads the competition at one-under-par 143.
Fans can follow all of the action of Tuesday's final round by logging onto www.golfstat.com.