SWOSU, NSU, UCO in Battle for the Belt in Hot Springs

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Photo: Gustavo Tineo

Southwestern OSU improved four strokes from their first day score to move up to fourth place after the second day of the Battle for the Belt in Hot Springs.

Gustavo Tineo and Gregor Weck would be the top scorers for the Bulldogs in round two as they both turned in rounds of 71, as Tineo sits tied for ninth after day two and Weck tied for 20th. Kason Cook and Ole Hatlelid would finish round two with scores of 72 as Cook ended the day tied for 30th and Hatlelid tied for 43rd. Heston Brown would wrap up the day for SWOSU with a round of 74 finishing the second day tied for 30th.

Northeastern State is in seventh place, led by Tahlequah’s Jax Johnson, who is in the hunt for medalist honors after a 67 on Tuesday left him tied for third at 140. Despite Johnson’s strong day, the RiverHawks slipped three spots on the leader board and sit in seventh scoring a 582 (289-293).

Monday’s round is a career low for Johnson and the fourth under par score recorded by the freshman in eight rounds of play this season. Tyler Ashman and Carlos Gomez are eight shots back of Johnson scoring 148s and the pair are tied for 43rd.  Grant Hynes fired off the second lowest round of the day for NSU with a 73, which brought his total to 150 (tied for 58th).   Hunter Pennington match his first round total with a 76 and the senior is two shots back of Hynes.

The RiverHawks are three strokes back of Arkansas Tech and Central Missouri who are tied for fifth.  Henderson State presently leads the field of 17 by five shots with a 566.  The Reddies fired a 274 on Tuesday to overtake Maryville for first.

Henderson State’s Nick Shapiro is the medalist leader carding a 135.

Blake Murray and Alexander Hughes both had under-par rounds as Central Oklahoma moved up four spots in the team standings.

The Bronchos knocked nine shots off their opening-round score with an even-par 288 and have a 585 total after two trips around the 6,713-yard, par-72 Hot Springs Country Club.  UCO moved from a tie for 12th to eighth in the team standings heading into Tuesday’s final round.

Murray fired a two-under-par 70 and Hughes added a 71 to lead Central.  The Bronchos also got a 73 from Holden Crago, a 74 from Joe Lemieux and a 76 from Yannic Oppenheimer, while Peyton Knell shot 72 playing as an individual medalist.

Murray and Crago are tied for 15th in the individual standings with 1-under 143 totals.


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