Rogers State, UCO’s Baldwin in lead after two rounds at Showdown at Shangri-La

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MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. – Rogers State had a one-shot lead over Harding and two shots over Central Oklahoma after the first 36 holes of The Showdown at Shangri-La on Monday. Play concludes with 18 holes Tuesday.

The Hillcats lead the field with a card of 562 (-6). Thomas Barnes Grimes leads the Hillcats in second place behind UCO’s Bennett Baldwin after shooting a blistering 135 (-7) over the two rounds and is two strokes off the leader. The freshman tied the single round school record in both strokes and score relative to par in the second round as he fired a 7-under 64. The Leeds, England native sank nine birdies and an eagle on the day.

Elliot-Han Monteremal sits in a three-way tie for 12th with a card of 142 (E). Tyler Collier is one stroke behind in a group of seven tied at 15th with a 143 (+1). Daniel Robles Delval sits in a large group of 10 tied at 24th with a 145 (+3). Ty Nicar rounds out the squad in a large group of 11 tied at 34th with a 146 (+4).

Central Oklahoma’s Baldwin rode a birdie barrage to the top of the individual standings on the first day of the Showdown at Shangri-La Monday.

Baldwin carded nine birdies and an eagle in firing rounds of 65-68 for a sensational 9-under-par 133 total on the 6,955-yard, par-71 Heritage and Legends course at Shangri-La Country Club.

That’s good for a two-shot lead in the individual race and has the Bronchos tied for third in a tight team race headed to Tuesday’s final round, which is set for a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

UCO followed a morning 281 with an afternoon 283 for a 4-under 564 total and trails leader Rogers State by just two shots. Harding is second in the 18-team field at 563, with the Bronchos and Central Missouri tied for third and Northeastern State fifth at 567.

“Bennett played absolutely lights out today,” head coach Derrick Thompson said. “He made a lot of great shots and really had it going. It’s going to be fun final round with so many teams in the hunt. We will have to play well, but I like our chances and we’re excited about it.”

Baldwin’s brilliant day led the way, giving him a two-stroke advantage over RSU’s Thomas Barnes Grimes headed to the final round. Jordan Wilson had a first-round hole-in-one while shooting 68-73 and is tied for ninth at two-under 140, while Dylan Henderson shot 76-70, Baylor Bostick 73-73 and Kyle Hickey 75-76.

Baldwin started play on No. 10 and was even par through his first four holes before kick-starting his round with an eagle on the par-4 14th. He followed with four pars, then reeled off four birdies in his last nine holes to finish off the career-low 65.

The junior opened the afternoon round with a birdie on the par-5 10th, followed with four pars and then birdied the par-4 15th and par-4 18th to get to three-under. Baldwin dropped a shot on No. 3, but got that back with a birdie on the par-5 fourth and closed with five consecutive pars.

Wilson also started on the 10th hole, followed with four pars and then made back-to-back birdies before ripping off five more pars. A double bogey on No. 3 dropped the junior back to even-par for the round, but he birdied the par-4 seventh and then aced the 196-yard par-3 eighth in carding an opening 68.

The junior made four straight pars to open the second round, then birdied the par-4 14th and followed with six more pars. Wilson dropped back to even with a bogey on No. 3, had another bogey on No. 8 and finished with a par of his afternoon 72.

Northeastern State is in fifth but just five shots back. Cole Waymire was tied for ninth at 140 (72-78), Gabe Repogle tied for 12th at 142 (73-69) and Will Livermore tied for 15th at 143 (74-69) to lead the Riverhawks.


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