SPRING HILL, Kan. – Alexander Hughes fired a 1-under-par 71 to stay in the thick of the individual race and lead Central Oklahoma into second place after second-day play at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Men’s Golf Championships Tuesday.
The defending champion Bronchos of head coach Josh Fosdick knocked 10 shots off their first-round score with a 292 and have a 594 total after 36 holes at the 7,081-yard, par-72 Sycamore Ridge Golf Course. That’s just one stroke behind leader Central Missouri, with Lindenwood third in the 11-team field at 597.
Final-round play starts at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, with the tournament winner earning the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Hughes’ 71 has him tied for second in the medalist race with a one-over 145 total, trailing leader Kevin Kim of Missouri Western by three shots.
UCO also got stellar rounds of 73 from Cody Troutman and Wesley Jackson, while Eli Armstrong shot 75 and Nick Pierce 76. Troutman and Jackson are tied for eighth with 148 totals.
The Bronchos started play on the back nine and Hughes had a pair of birdies in a front-nine 37. He came back with two straight birdies on the back and then reeled off seven consecutive pars for a two-under 34 and the 71.
Troutman had nines of 37-36 for his 73, making seven pars with one birdie and one bogey on his even-par back nine. Jackson made three front-nine birdies in shooting even-par 36 before coming back with a 37 for his 73.