April 30, 2013
HENDERSON, Nev. - Three Bulldogs shot a 5-over-par 77 and Louisiana Tech moved into ninth place as the second round concluded at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Golf Championship at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson Tuesday afternoon.
New Mexico State led the team scoring after two rounds with an 8-over-par 584 (286-298=584) while San Jose State was tied for second with UT Arlington as both teams finished day two with a 25-over-par score of 601. Tech finished the second round in eighth place, shooting 305-310=615 for a 39-over-par performance with one round to go.
“They played consistent as a team with 77-77-77-79-79 so everybody was right there together,” head coach Jeff Parks said of his team’s performance. “We still had some shots that we have to try to maintain in play and when you hit it in the rocks, that is tough. We are in the first two groups off the course and the scoring is going to be a lot higher today because of the windy conditions.”
Tuesday’s round was more challenging for all competitors as windier conditions made an already tough course more challenging. The entire field faced constant 15-20 mile per hour winds compared to calm conditions on Monday in the first round.
“It was tough,” Parks said about the wind. “It was probably similar to last year where the wind really kicked up. It was blowing pretty good, probably 15-to-18 miles per hour which is a club or a club and a half difference in shots.”
Victor Lange, who shot 70 in the first round, joined Sam Forgan and Ben Robinson in shooting a 5-over-par 77 on the day. Lange was even par through the first seven holes but double-bogeyed holes eight and nine to put him 4-over-par on the front nine. The South Africa native would shoot a consistent 1-over-par on the back nine to finish five over.
Lange finished the day in a four-way tie for fourth place as Derek Baade (New Mexico State), Hunter Brown (UT Arlington) and Tanner Higham (Utah State) joined Lange in a two-round score of 147 (3-over-par). Kenneth Fadke (New Mexico State), Willy Hogan (New Mexico State) and J.J. Lindsay (UTSA) led the individual leaderboard with a two-round, 1-over-par (145) performance.
“He is still way in the hunt,” Parks said of Lange’s chance at the individual title. He didn’t have his best performance and didn’t finish off the round like he wanted to. He three-putted 17 (four par) and didn’t get a lot out of his round today but is still in the top 10. He is definitely not out of it and can have a good round tomorrow and still win the event as an individual.”
Forgan struggled on the back nine as he double-bogeyed hole 11 and then bogeyed holes 13, 14 and 15 to reach 6-over-par. He cut that to a 5-over-par score as he birdied 18. He ended the first two rounds tied for 23rd, shooting 9-over-par 153.
Robinson shot 5-over-par on the front nine but settled down as he shot an even-par 36 on the back nine.
Louisiana Tech enters the third and final round just five strokes behind Texas State and eight strokes behind Idaho. The Bulldogs will be paired with Seattle on the final day and will tee off at 7 a.m. PT/9 a.m. CT on Wednesday.
“There probably is not much to be said at this point [to the team],” said Parks of the final round of play. “They know where they are, they know what is going on and they don’t want to finish at the bottom of this leaderboard. With the windy conditions – and tomorrow it will be pretty windy as well – we can climb pretty high and that is what we will expect to do.”
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