Oct. 1, 2012
CHOUDRANT, La. - Louisiana Tech junior Travis Wilmore shot six-under-par in the opening 36 holes to tie for the individual lead Monday through the first two rounds of the 2012 Jim Rivers Intercollegiate at Squire Creek.
Wilmore fired an opening round 70 under wet, windy conditions before coming back in the afternoon to shoot a four-under-par 68. He is tied with Central Arkansas's Pep Angles who recorded rounds of 67 and 71 for his six-under-par total.
As a team, the Bulldogs are tied for sixth place through 36 holes as Tech shot 11-over-par 587. Head coach Jeff Parks team is tied with Southeastern Louisiana, nine full strokes behind leader Southern Mississippi (578).
"We stumbled on some holes in the middle of the first round that really cost us," Parks said. "We had some doubles and a triple bogey that we had to count and that's the difference between being in the lead and being where we are. I expect to come out tomorrow and compete. We will need four guys to go low in order to have a chance and we know our guys are capable of doing just that."
Wilmore and Angles have a one shot lead over Jacksonville State's Franco Grillo and a two-shot lead over Sam Houston State's Justin McKay. There are a total of 12 out of 75 golfers in red numbers heading into Tuesday's final round.
"Travis played great," Parks said. "He said his putter was really working today and he made some nice putts. He played 36 holes of very, very good golf."
In addition to Wilmore's impressive day, freshman Ben Robinson shot a two-round total of three-over-par 147 and sits in a tie for 19th place. Sam Forgan (76-72=148, T26th), Victor Lange (77-77=154, T45th) and Chandler Vilcheck (77-84=161, T63rd) were also competing in the team competition for the Bulldogs.
Southern Miss has a slim one shot lead over Central Arkansas (579) followed by UMKC (583), Houston Baptist (584), Jacksonville State (586), LA Tech (587), Southeastern (587), Sam Houston State (593), Nevada (594), Rice (594), Texas State (599), Nicholls State (621), UNO (627) and McNeese State (637).
The third and final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.