KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 19) – Eric Kline and Cody Troutman shot a combined eight-under-par to spark a second-round charge that lifted Central Oklahoma into the lead at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Menâ€™s Golf Championships here Tuesday.
Kline fired a five-under 67 and Troutman added a three-under 69 as the Bronchos sliced 25 shots off their first-round score with a 280, leaving them at 585 after 36 holes on the 6,977-yard, par-72 Tiffany Greens Golf Club.
UCO leads defending champion Central Missouri and Lindenwood by 10 shots heading into Wednesdayâ€™s final round, which is set to start at 8:30 a.m. First-day leader Washburn is fourth in the 11-team field at 602.
The Bronchos – who started the day on the 11th hole – made 18 birdies and two eagles, with Kline and Troutman leading the way. UCO also got even-par 72s from Logan Gray and Eli Armstrong, while Russ Purser shot 73.
Kline rebounded from a first-round 80 with his sizzling 67, making five birdies and an eagle. He was 5-under on his last 10 holes, going eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie during one four-hole stretch.
Troutman had seven birdies on the day and played the last 10 holes three-under. Heâ€™s tied for second in the medalist standings with a 143 total, one shot behind Lincolnâ€™s Blake Lammers.
Gray highlighted his even-par round with an eagle on the par-4 14th hole, while Armstrong made 14 pars, two birdies and two bogeys in equaling that 72.
Gray is tied for sixth at 146 and Kline tied for ninth at 147 in the individual race.
Northeastern State remained in sixth place after the second round. The RiverHawks improved 18 strokes from their first round score to post 297 Tuesday. They currently sit at 36-over-par 612 (315-297).
True freshman Garrett McDaniel continues to pace NSU. He is tied for 13th overall at 5-over 149 (75-74), while junior Tate Williamson vaulted 11 positions Tuesday to land in a tie for 20th at 8-over 152 (80-72).
Junior Marc Johnson is tied for 30th at 11-over 155 (78-77), while senior Brent Williamson is tied for 37th at 14-over 158 (82-76). True freshman Hunter Pennington is solo 45th with a score of 17-over 161 (86-75).
2016 MIAA CHAMPIONSHIP â€“ Second Round Results
April 18-20, 2016 at Kansas City, Mo.
(par-72, 6,977-yard Tiffany Greens Golf Club)
1. #21 Central Oklahoma 305-280=585 (+9)
T2. Lindenwood 306-289=595 (+19)
#9 Central Missouri 307-288=595 (+19)
4. Washburn 302-300=602 (+26)
5. Nebraska-Kearney 309-298=607 (+31)
6. Northeastern State 315-297=612 (+36)
7. Missouri Western State 318-295=613 (+37)
8. Missouri Southern State 317-298=615 (+39)
9. Southwest Baptist 320-300=620 (+44)
10. Lincoln 320-306=626 (+50)
11. Fort Hays State 335-304=639 (+63)
Rankings reflect the latest Golf Coaches Association of America Division II Top 25 Poll
1. Blake Lammers (Lincoln) 70-72=142 (-2)
T2. Ryan Dyck (Lindenwood) 74-69=143 (-1)
Cody Troutman (Central Oklahoma) 74-69=143 (-1)
4. Teddy Jones (Central Missouri) 76-69=145 (+1)
T5. Lane Pauls (Fort Hays State) 75-71=146 (+2)
Max Rudder (Nebraska-Kearney) 76-70=146 (+2)
Logan Gray (Central Oklahoma) 74-72=146 (+2)