Men's golf second with 18 to go in rain-shortened Branson Creek Invitational
The Missouri State men's golf squad fired a 289 in Monday's (Mar. 31) first round of the Branson Creek Invitational in Hollister, Mo., and is in second place entering Tuesday's final 18 holes. Heavy thunderstorms in the area forced the cancellation of Monday's second round and the tournament has been shortened to 36 holes with the final round slated for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Tuesday at the par 71, 7,036-yard Branson Creek Golf Club.
Illinois State leads the 12-team field after shooting 285, followed by the Bears, then Murray State third at 292, and Creighton and Drake tied for fourth with 294. Next comes Oral Roberts (295), followed by Tennessee-Martin (297), UMKC (299), Northern Iowa (300), Eastern Illinois (301), Southern Illinois (305) and Bradley (323).
The Bears were led by senior John Cronly, who notched a one-under-par 70 and shares third place, just a stroke behind co-leaders Tommy Bliefnick of Illinois State and Sam Hinson of Tennessee-Martin. Senior Damaso Carrera was next for MSU with 72 and is tied for fifth, while sophomore Ryan Weinhaus and freshman Jack Courington each fired 74 and are tied for 23rd. Sophomores Jay McBride and Scott Glenn are tied for 30th after shooting 75's.