Men's Golf tied for ninth after opening round at Kansas Invitational
The Missouri State men’s golf team finished Monday’s opening round of competition tied for ninth place at the Kansas Invitational at Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kan. Missouri State freshman Jack Courington sits in a tie for 18th place overall after firing a career-best 74 to lead the Bears, who shot 302 as a team.
The Bears concluded the round tied with Missouri Valley Conference foe Drake, just 10 shots off the team lead. Bears’ sophomore Jay McBride carded 37-38--75 to finish just behind Courington in a tie for 28th place, while senior Damaso Carrera shot 37-39--76, good for 39th after one round. Sophomore Scott Glenn fired 38-39--77 to tie for 52nd place, and Ryan Weinhaus shot 38-42--80 and sits in a tie for 75th.
UNC-Wilmington leads the 16-team field with a four-over par 292 total, three strokes ahead of second-place Oral Roberts. A pair of UNCW golfers, Eddie Brock, Jr., and Derek Wallace, were among a group of five who shot opening round 72’s to tie for the individual medalist lead. Western Kentucky’s Brent Long, Nebraska’s Mike Coatman and Kansas State’s Kyle Smell also shot even-par to claim a piece of the overall lead.
Kansas State and Kansas each turned in opening rounds of 298 to tie for third overall. Cleveland State (299), Wyoming (300), UMKC (301) and Western Kentucky (301) filled out the top eight in the team standings.
Tuesday’s final round of competition at the par-72, 7,092-yard course gets under way at 8 a.m.