ALLENDALE, Mich. (May 20) – Eric Kline and Russ Purser both shot 74 as Central Oklahoma knocked 14 shots off its opening-round score on the second day of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships here Tuesday.
The Bronchos had a 302 to finish two trips around the 7,034-yard, par-71 The Meadows Golf Course with a 618 total, but UCO was able to move only from 18th to a tie for 16th in the team standings.
Nova Southeastern leads the 20-team field at 582, followed by Chico State (589) and CSU-Monterey Bay (592).
Third-round play begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, with the top eight teams after 54 holes advancing to the match play portion of the tournament that will decide the national champion.
Kline and Purser led the way with their 74s, while the Bronchos also got a 76 from Joby Gray, a 78 from Matt Helms and an 83 from Landon Morgan.
UCO started play on No. 10 and Kline bogeyed four of his first seven holes en route to making the turn at four-over 39. He rallied with three birdies against two bogeys for a one-under 35 on the closing nine.
Purser bogeyed Nos. 12 and 13 – his third and fourth holes of the day – before playing the next 12 holes one-under. He triple bogeyed the par-4 eighth hole to fall back to five-over, but rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 ninth to come in with consecutive 37s.