Nov. 4, 2013
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Backed by a 3-under-par second round, Louisiana Tech shot to second place up from sixth after two rounds of play at the Arkansas State (ASU) Fall Beach Classic at The Peninsula Golf & Racquet club in Gulf Shores Monday.
After two rounds of play Monday, the Bulldogs are only two strokes behind tournament leader West Florida. That placing is made even more impressive after LA Tech shot 9-over-par opening up play in the first round. All five players finished the day individually in the top 25 out of 73 players competing with Ben Robinson shooting a hole-in-one during the second round of play.
LA Tech is tied for second at 6-over-par with host Arkansas State and Louisiana-Monroe with the three teams having a one-shot lead over fifth-place Louisiana-Lafayette. Memphis, sitting in sixth place, rounds out a top six group of teams that are separated by only four strokes.
“I am proud of the way the guys played day,” head coach Jeff Parks said. “They handled the adversity of the game well. I am looking forward to tomorrow and competing for the win.”
Senior Jack Lempke leads the team and is tied for seventh individually with a 1-under-par 143 after two rounds. Lempke hit par or better through all 18 holes of the second round. His 5-under-par score of 67 in the afternoon round led all golfers over both rounds Monday.
“Jack Lempke had a bogey-free round of 67 to help us shoot the best team score of the afternoon,” said Parks. “That is exactly the type of play I was expecting them to do. We have five guys playing very well at the moment and it will be fun to watch them perform tomorrow.”
The final round of play begins Tuesday at 8 a.m. in Gulf Shores.
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T-2nd. Louisiana Tech 297+285=582 (+6)
T-7th. Jack Lempke 76+67=143 (-1)
T13th. Victor Lange 72+74=146 (+2)
T-17th. Travis Wilmore 75+72=147 (+3)
T-22nd. Chuck Spears 75+73=148 (+4)
T-22nd. Ben Robinson 75+73=148 (+4)