UCO leads Lincoln Invitational, Kline seizes individual lead

CAMDENTON, Mo. – UCO Junior Eric Kline took control of the individual lead with a pair of under-par rounds and Central Oklahoma was tied atop the team standings after the first day of the season-opening Lincoln Invitational here Monday.

The first event of the season is one of four MIAA-sanctioned tournaments in 2014-15. The results from the event will be used to help determine the conference champion in April.

Kline shot a sizzling seven-under-par 68-67 at the par-71 Old Kinderhook Golf Club and the Bronchos had a four-under 564 total with rounds of 283-281 to share the lead with Central Missouri.  Northeastern State is third in the 11-team field at 576, followed by Lindenwood (599) and Washburn (608).

UCO also got rounds of 69-71 from Russ Purser, 70-72 from Logan Gray, 76-72 from Wesley Jackson and 78-71 ffrom Cody Troutman.  Purser is tied for fourth in the medalist standings with a two-under 140 total, while Gray is tied for sixth at even-par 142.

Kline had 25 pars, six birdies, three bogeys and two eagles on the day.  He played the par-5s in five-under and was minus-two on the par 4s in finishing with a 135 total that has him three shots ahead in the individual race.

Final-round play in the 54-hole tourney starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

LINCOLN INVITATIONAL – First Day Results

September 8, 2014
Camdenton, Mo.

(par-71, 6,855-yard Old Kinderhook Golf Resort)

Team Results

T1.    #22 Central Oklahoma    283-281=564 (-4)
         #6 Central Missouri           284-280=564 (-4)
3.     (RV) Northeastern State     290-286=576 (+8)
4.     Lindenwood                       302-297=599 (+31)
5.     Washburn                           305-303=608 (+40)
6.     Missouri Western State      312-299=611 (+43)
7.     (RV) Nebraska-Kearney    324-300=624 (+56)
8.     Missouri Southern State    314-317=631 (+63)
9.     Fort Hays State                  335-316=651 (+83)
10.   Southwest Baptist             323-331=654 (+86)
11.   Lincoln                              330-345=675 (+107)

Top-5 Results

1.      Eric Kline (Central Oklahoma)    68-67=135 (-7)
2.      Cy Moritz (Central Missouri)          71-67=138 (-4)
3.      Brad Hager (Northeastern State)      72-67=139 (-3)
T4.    Russ Purser (Central Oklahoma)     69-71=140 (-2)
         Travis Mays (Central Missouri)       70-70=140 (-2)
 

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