First Round Slows Men's Golf Bears at Argent Financial Classic
Freshman Joey Johnson
Freshman Joey Johnson

March 11, 2013

CHOUDRANT, La. -- Competing in its third tournament of the spring, the Missouri State men’s golf team hit a rough patch during the first day of the Argent Financial Classic on Monday (March 11). Through 36 holes, the Bears (321-305—626) are in last place and 15 strokes behind 10th-place Louisiana-Lafayette.

Reigning MVC Golfer of the Week Joey Johnson carded a 6-over 78 in the morning for the Bears’ lowest 18-hole total during the first round. The freshman from Ozark, Mo., rebounded nicely in the afternoon with a 2-over 74, driven by four birdies. Johnson will enter the final day at the Squire Creek Country Club tied for 31st at 152.

On a brighter note, Missouri State’s five scoring golfers all improved by at least two strokes or more in the latter 18 holes. One of the biggest improvements was senior Daily Young, who fired a 3-over 75 in the second round after shooting 80 to begin the two-day tournament. Young is tied for 38th after 36 holes.

Redshirt junior Eric Straub (t-51st) also bettered his first round score by five strokes, recording an 82-77—159. One stroke behind Straub is fellow upperclassmen Nick Langley, who is tied for 53rd (81-79—160). Rounding out the Bears’ five is sophomore Mark Karlsen in 58th. The Alleroed, Denmark native carded an 82-80—162 to finish the first day of action.

Playing as an individual, freshman Mitch Mather posted a 79-78—157 on Monday.

LSU and North Texas lead the field at 574, followed by Louisana Tech (583), Texas State (594), UALR (598) and Southern Miss (598) to round out the top five. Andrew Presley of LSU holds a four-stroke lead heading into the final day.

The third and final round will start Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Follow live results from the tournament at



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