Argent Financial Classic Shortened to 36 Holes for Men's Golf
March 3, 2014
CHOUDRANT, La. - The Missouri State men's golf team shot 326 in the weather shortened first day of the Argent Financial Classic at Squire Creek Country Club. Only one of the two rounds was played on Monday due to freezing temperatures. The tournament will conclude Tuesday morning with 18 holes, without making up the lost round.
"The playing conditions were some of the toughest we've played in in quite awhile," said coach Neal Stafford. "Temperatures were hovering around the freezing mark with wind chills in the low 20s all day. We made it a little tougher than it should have been, but we are staying positive and just have to learn from today. I expect similar conditions tomorrow and we will have another opportunity to post a good score."
The Bears are in a tie for 12th place with Arkansas State after carding 38-over par in the first round. No team finished Monday at par or below, with host Louisiana Tech leading the field at 5-over, 293. North Texas shot 294 and Southeastern Louisiana round out the top three after scoring 297.
Sophomore Joey Johnson's 8-over, 80 is the Missouri State low. Trailing him by one stroke is fellow sophomore Brik Brauburger, who shot 81. The remaining Bears in the field are Mitch Mather (82), Nick Langley (83), and Eric Straub (85).
Louisiana-Monroe's Calum Hill and Pep Angles of Central Arkansas lead the tournament after each shooting 2-under in the first round. Louisiana Tech's Victor Lange sits a stroke below par (71).
The tournament will conclude Tuesday morning with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.