LITTLE ROCK, Ar - The Arkansas State men's golf team finished the opening day of competition at the UALR/First Tee Collegiate Classic in 12th place after shooting a two-round 603 Monday at the Chenal Country Club.
The Red Wolves were in 15th place after posting an opening-round 308, but came back to record a 295 for the second 18 holes and climb to 12th place among 18 teams. ASU's 295 was its second lowest single-round score of the spring season behind its 286 at the Ron Smith/USF Invitational on March 6.
ASU junior Kell Shenep, competing as an individual, finished the first day with a combined 142 and in third place, just one stroke behind leaders Dylan Raines of UALR and Gideon Pienaar of Central Arkansas. Shenep shot a first-round 68, matching the lowest round of his career at ASU, before posting a 74 for the second round.
Sophomore Lloyd du Preez is just three strokes over Shenep's score and is tied for fifth place. du Preez posted a 78 in the first round, but came back to post a career-best 66 in the second round. His 66 was also the lowest round of the day among all players. Sophomore John Duthie currently stands tied for 10th place as the only other ASU golfer among the top-25 individual leaders. Duthie completed the first two rounds with a 145 (71-74)