Blankenship Leads Bulldogs in Day No. 2 of WAC Championships



May 1, 2012

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HENDERSON, Nevada - Louisiana Tech senior Cody Blankenship rebounded after a tough opening round to shoot a two-over-par 74 during Tuesday's second round of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championships held at Rio Secco Golf Club.

Blankenship, who shot an opening round 81 Monday, was two over after the first three holes on Tuesday before playing par golf over the final 15.

"The day went better (for me)," Blankenship said. "I started out slow like yesterday, but I was able to grind it out and play the rest of the way even par. It's tough especially being a senior. The first day wasn't what I wanted. I felt a little better going into today and was ready to come out and compete."

One day after shooting a 73, junior Sam Forgan came back to shoot a 75 on Tuesday and currently leads all Bulldog golfers as he sits in a tie for 13th place after 36 holes. Forgan's day consisted of 13 pars, four bogeys and one birdie - that coming on the final hole of the afternoon.

Jonathan Bale (76-76=152), Cody Santone (74-80=154) and Travis Wilmore (85-80=165) rounded out the Bulldog competitors. Wilmore's day included an eagle on the par 4, 329-yard No. 13.

As a team Tech shot 17-over-par on Tuesday (305) as the Bulldogs are in eighth place heading into Wednesday's final round.

"It was another tough one," said Tech head coach Jeff Parks. "The wind was blowing early, and we didn't get a break on the wind like I thought we would by teeing off earlier. We didn't get off to a great start like I had anticipated. They battled through it and trimmed some strokes off coming in. It wasn't really what I was anticipating.

"We need to play well tomorrow to have some momentum heading into next season. We are a long way back and have a long way to go to get near the top of the leaderboard. We will see what happens."

San Jose State leads the event with two-round team total of 581 followed by New Mexico State (583), Fresno State (588), Idaho (590), Hawaii (602), Nevada (605), Utah State (607) and LA Tech (609).

New Mexico State's Justin Shin is the clubhouse leader after a two-round total of six-under-par 138. He is closely followed by Idaho's Sean McCullen (140) and San Jose State's Jay Myers (140).

The tournament will conclude Wednesday with the third and final round.