SPRING HILL, Kan. (April 24) – Alexander Hughes used a back-nine rally to fire an opening-round 74 to lead Central Oklahoma to a second-place tie at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Men’s Golf Championships here Monday.
The Bronchos shot a 302 at the 7,081-yard, par-72 Sycamore Ridge Golf Course to trail leader Washburn by three strokes. Central Missouri is tied with UCO for second, while Lindenwood and Missouri Western are tied for fourth in the 11-team field at 309.
Hughes is tied for sixth in the individual standings after his two-over-par start, while Cody Troutman and Wesley Jackson are tied for 10th after opening with 75s. The Bronchos also got a 77 from Eli Armstrong and an 82 from Nick Pierce.
Washburn’s Carson Roberts and Missouri Western’s Patrick McCarthy share the individual lead at even-par 72.
Hughes shot a three-over-par 39 on the front nine before coming back with a one-under 35 on the back. The junior made three birdies in a five-hole stretch to fuel his closing surge.
Jackson also rallied on the back nine with a one-under 35, sparking by back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 and 11. Troutman had steady nines of 37-38 for his 75.
Northeastern State’s Tate Williamson is one shot off the lead with the RiverHawks in eighth place after day one of the MIAA Championships.
Williamson carded a 73 with four birdies on the course while NSU shot a 25-over for the day and scored a 313. Both Ty Shelnutt and Garrett McDaniel shot 76s which placed them tied for 22nd overall. Bryce Newton fielded an 84 which landed him tied for 45th, and Navid Majidizadeh shot an 89 and is tied for 54th on the leaderboard.
Despite the uneven day for NSU, 16 shots are the difference between first and ninth place on the leaderboard.
There is a three way tie on the individual leaderboard with Carson Roberts of Washburn along with Patrick McCarthy and Kevin Kim of Missouri Western all shot even par 72.
The RiverHawks will start on the back nine on Tuesday for the second round with their group teeing off starting at 9:20 a.m.