From Arkansas State University
Junior Easton Key is contention for his first career title as a member of the Arkansas State men's golf team and the Red Wolves are in third place at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate after completing the tournament's opening two rounds Monday with a combined 585 at the Milburn Golf and Country Club.
The Red Wolves followed up their opening-round 295 with a season-best 290 in the afternoon, leaving them three strokes ahead of fourth-place Missouri State and nine behind second-place North Dakota State. UMKC leads the 14-team field with a 4-under par 572.
Key came in below par for each of the first two rounds, posting a 69 to start the day and then a 71 to give him a combined 140 and leave him only one stroke behind leader Samuel Matthew of South Dakota. Key's second-round 69 was his best this season and the lowest of the day by an ASU player.
Wessel Zwiegers and Matt Howton also turned in solid performances, both finishing the day tied for 20th place with a combined 147. Also competing for ASU, Christian Helmbold is tied for 49th place with a 152, Chance Holden tied for 58th with a 153 and Tommy Eagan is 77th with a 166. Eagan is competing as an individual.
The tournament's third and final round will be played Tuesday.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2--Total)
3, Arkansas State (295-290--585)
T2, Easton Key (69-71--140)
T20, Wessel Zwiegers (72-75--147)
T20, Matt Howton (76-71--147)
T49, Christian Helmbold (78-74--152)
T58, Chance Holden (79-74--153)
*77, Tommy Eagan (85-81--166)
*Competing as an individual