MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. – Luke Palmowski fired a second round 7-under-par score of 65 to set a Hillcat single round record and take a commanding lead in the overall standings of the 2021 MIAA Championships hosted at the Shangri-La Country Club.
Palmowski finished the day at -8 overall after a first round of 71. The junior then broke the school record of -6, done four times by Hillcats, as Palmowski was dominant on the course with seven birdies and 11 pars to take a six-stroke lead after 36 holes.
Palmowski’s previous best round as a Hillcat was a -5 round of 67 at the Heartland Conference Championships in 2018.
The Hillcats sit third overall in the event as a team heading into the final round. Rogers State was +19 in the first round, but combined for an even-par round of 288, the second-best total by any team in the two rounds of the event.
Rogers State is 16 shots off leader Central Missouri and sit eight shots behind Washburn for second overall. Central Oklahoma is in fourth place and Northeastern State in sixth.
Aidan Gavey and Elliot-Han Monteremal are tied for second overall for the Hillcats and sit in a tie for 19th among all golfers after shooting +9 over 36 holes. Gavey shot rounds of 78 and 75, while Monteremal recovered from an 80 in the first round with a 73.
Palmowski and the Hillcats will wrap up the MIAA Championship on Tuesday with the final round at Shangri La Resort. A shotgun start is set for 8:30 a.m. The Hillcats will tee off on holes one through five.
Peyton Knell had steady rounds of 73-74 to pace Central Oklahoma. The Bronchos shot 296-304 for a 600 total after two trips around the 7,188-yard, par-72 Shangri-La Golf Resort, leaving them in fourth place heading into Tuesday’s final round.
Knell is tied for eighth in the individual standings with a 3-over-par 147 total, while Evan Griffith is at 151 after shooting 72-79. Ethan Galvan (78-76) and Parker Rose (79-75) are at 154 and Caleb Kimmel is at 157 (73-84).
Brayden Strickland fired off a second-round par-72 and Northeastern State sits in sixth place with a 608.
Strickland has sole possession of 14th place with a 150 score. The freshman carded all five of his birdies in the second round. Carlos Gomez is a stroke behind Strickland and carded a 77-74. Ryan Morant is tied for 22nd with a 154. The third newcomer to MIAA Championship action, Gabe Replogle, fired off 77-79 for the day. Sophomore Grant Hynes is a shot behind Replogle.