Men's Golf's Mather in Tie For Second At Six Under Heading into Final Round
April 14, 2014
OLD HICKORY, Tenn. - The Missouri State men's golf team is tied for fourth after the first day of the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate after scoring 295-286--581 on Monday.
"We got off to kind of a bad start, but really came back and hit a few birdies," said head coach Neal Stafford. "We had a very strong second round."
The 286 matches the season low for a single round by the Bears. The mark was set in the second round of the UALR/First Tee Classic.
UT Martin leads the field after the first day of competition after carding 285-281--566. Southern Illinois (290-278--568) and South Dakota (286-290--576) round out the top three, with Belmont (289-292--581) and the Bears for fourth.
Sophomore Mitch Mather had a tremendous day, and finishes his first 36 holes in a tie for second overall. Mather shot 70-68--138, is tied with SIU's Caleb Harms (69-69--138) and is only two strokes back of the leader, UT Martin's Brendon Caballero (69-67--136).
Mather's 68 is the best of his Missouri State career, and his 138 mark is the best opening-day total of any Bear this season.
"Mitch kind of had it going all day, explained Stafford. "With the weather forecast tomorrow, we believe he can continue and we can make a good run."
Sophomore Joey Johnson sits in 10th place at an even par after shooting 73-71--144 on Monday.
Nick Langley (74-72--146) is tied for 20th and Brik Brauburger 78-77--155 sits in 69th place.
Eric Straub's first round score was negated due to a scorecard issue, but the senior recovered and shot a second-round 75.
This is the third tournament of the season where all five Missouri State golfers did not hit 80 on the opening day.
The tournament will conclude with the third round on Tuesday morning with an 8:00 a.m. start. This is the final regular season tournament for Missouri State before