LAWRENCE, Kan. (April 21) – A late surge enabled Eric Kline to gain a share of the individual lead and has Central Oklahoma second in the team race after second-day play at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Men’s Golf Championships here Tuesday.
Kline birdied three of his last five holes to shot an even-par 72 and the Bronchos knocked 15 shots off their opening-round score with a 300 for a 36-hole total of 615 that has them 15 shots behind leader Central Missouri.
Washburn is third in the 11-team field at 630, followed by Lindenwood (635) and Southwest Baptist (638). Final-round play at the 6,829-yard, par-72 Alvamar Golf Club (Members Course) begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Kline’s 72 paced UCO, while Logan Gray shot 73 and Russ Purser 74 and that threesome played their final six holes a combined six-under-par. Wesley Jackson and Alexander Hughes both had 81s for the Bronchos.
Kline started his round on the back nine and had a pair of birdies in making the turn at one-under 35. A double bogey and two bogeys in the first four holes of the back nine dropped him to three over, but he closed with birdies on his 14th, 17th and 18th holes to finish even-par.
Gray had a front-nine 39 before making three birdies in a closing two-under 34, with Purser using an eagle on the par-5 16th hole to equal that back-nine score after opening with a 40.
Kline shares the medalist lead with UCM’s Cy Moritz at 147. Gray is tied for fourth at 151 and Purser stands 10th with a 154 total.
The Northeastern State men’s golf team moved up one spot into seventh place after Tuesday’s second round. The RiverHawks shot 18 strokes lower than their first-round score to sit at 72-over-par 648 (333-315). The team is 10 strokes behind fifth place, which is currently shared between Southwest Baptist (328-310) and Lincoln (325-313).
Sophomore Marc Johnson dropped six spots into a tie for 11th at 12-over 156 (78-78). Junior Brent Williamson improved eight positions and is now tied for 17th at 14-over 158 (83-75). Senior Zach Tucker made the biggest move of the day, jumping 17 spots into a tie for 26th after shooting 2-over in the second round. He is currently at 18-over 162 (88-74). Sophomore Tate Williamson is in solo 49th at 28-over 172 (84-88) and senior Brad Hager is in solo 54th at 42-over 186 (91-95).
Northeastern State will begin teeing off in the final round on the back nine at 9:20 a.m. April 22.
2015 MIAA CHAMPIONSHIPS – Second Round Results
April 21, 2015 at Lawrence, Kan.
(par-72, 6,829-yard Alvamar Golf Club Members Course)
1. #14 Central Missouri 310-290=600 (+24)
2. #16 Central Oklahoma 315-300=615 (+39)
3. Washburn 322-308=630 (+54)
4. Lindenwood 323-312=635 (+59)
T5. Southwest Baptist 328-310=638 (+62)
Lincoln 325-313=638 (+62)
7. (RV) Northeastern State 333-315=648 (+72)
T8. Missouri Western State 335-316=651 (+75)
Nebraska-Kearney 327-324=651 (+75)
10. (RV) Missouri Southern State 344-310=654 (+78)
11. Fort Hays State 348-314=662 (+86)
Rankings reflect the latest Golf Coaches Association of America Division II Top 25 Poll
RV = receiving votes in the poll
T1. Eric Kline (Central Oklahoma) 75-72=147 (+3)
Cy Moritz (Central Missouri) 74-73=147 (+3)
3. Travis Mays (Central Missouri) 78-71=149 (+5)
T4. Teddy Jones (Central Missouri) 77-74=151 (+7)
Logan Gray (Central Oklahoma) 78-73=151 (+7)
Ryan Buerk (Missouri Southern State) 79-72=151 (+7)