Paalson, Ahlund Lead @LATechGolf
Sept. 18, 2017
CHOUDRANT, La. – Louisiana Tech sophomores Felix Paalson and Joacim Ahlund both shot in the red during the opening two rounds of the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate Monday to lead the Bulldogs after 36 holes at Squire Creek Golf Course.
As a team, the Bulldogs rebounded from a tough start Monday morning and currently sit in fifth place in the 14-team event heading into Tuesday mornings third and final round, which will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
“I thought the guys settled down and played well,” said Tech head coach Matt Terry. “It was a day of adjustments for us. They just needed to be themselves. They got comfortable and just allowed their talent to come forward. They were athletes.
“We played really well on the back nine of both rounds. We came up with some birdies. I think the more comfortable they become, hopefully the more low numbers we will post.”
After posting an opening round even par 72, Paalson caught fire during the afternoon 18 holes, recording five birdies and only one bogey on his way to a 68. He currently sits in a tie for fifth place with a 36-hole total of 140. Ahlund opened the tournament with a one-under 71 during the morning and then recorded an even par 72 in the second round which included five birdies and five bogeys. He sits in a tie for 13th place.
Karsten Green bounced back from a three-over-par 75 on the morning to shoot a one-under-par 71 during the afternoon. His second 18 was clean as Green recorded 17 pars and a birdie on the par 5, No. 17. He sits in a tie for 26th with a 36-hole total of 146.
South Florida dominated Monday’s round as a team, shooting a 36-hole total of 17-under-par 559 to lead UTSA and Central Arkansas (569) by 10 strokes entering Tuesday. Stephen F. Austin (570) is in fourth followed by LA Tech (579), Southern Miss (581), Abilene Christian (581), Missouri State (585), Lamar (589), Nicholls State (592), Houston Baptist (593), Southeastern Louisiana (594), Incarnate Word (601) and New Orleans (614).
Central Arkansas’ Lewis George leads the individual competition with a 36-hole total of 11-under-par 133 followed by Stephen F. Austin’s Angelo Leyvani (138). George shot and UTSA’s Zander Lozano shot the low rounds of the day with seven-under-par 65’s.
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