Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State men's golf team has put itself in
position to claim
its first Red Wolves Intercollegiate title since 2002, completing its
home tournament's opening two rounds Monday in first place among 21
teams with a combined 580 shot at the RidgePointe Country Club.
had four players finish the first day among the top-20 leaders,
Easton Key, to help the Red Wolves claim a two-stroke lead over
second-place Belmont heading into the Tuesday's final round. Arkansas
State opened play with a season-best 285 to grab an 11-stroke lead over
Belmont, but the Bruins shot a second-round 286 to
the Red Wolves' 295 the following 18 holes.
is also trying to become the first A-State player to win the
tournament's individual title
since Sawyer Radler in 2012. He currently holds a two-stroke advantage
over three other players after posting a 141 that included a 70 and 71
for the first and second rounds, respectively.
Brock is tied for sixth place with a 145, but just four strokes behind
his teammate, Key.
He carded an opening-round 72 and followed with a 73. Chance Holden is
tied for 10th place with a 146 (72-74) and is joined in the top-20 by
Seth Garner, who is tied for 19th place with a 149 (71-78). Also
competing for the Red Wolves, Matthew Loiacano is
tied for 54th place after posting a 155 (78-77).
has an additional five players competing in the tournament as well to
make up a second
squad for the Red Wolves. The team of Alex Hewitt, Christian Helmbold,
Drake Merritt, Brayden Brown and Landon Hearnes are in 19th place with a
628 team score (324-304).
The tournament's third and final round is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Live scoring
is being used for the tournament and can be viewed at GolfStat.com.