MSU Roundup: Mens Golf Struggles, Hagan Honored

The Midwestern State Mustangs struggled through the first two rounds of the Dallas Baptist Patriot Invitational on Monday.

After playing well in the first three tournaments of the spring, the Mustangs ballooned on Monday at the Golf Club of Dallas. MSU stands 16th of 20 teams in the competition after posting a 301-300--601.

Abilene Christian leads after the first day at one-under 559, while Central Oklahoma is second, six strokes back at 565 and Oklahoma City third at 566.

"We've played good golf all year, but we really didn't today," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "We struggled terribly on the greens. They're bermuda, really patchy and fast. We just didn't get it done on the greens."

The Mustangs were led on Monday by Raine Copeland who turned in a first round 75, but followed it a 73 to total 148, eight-over par. Jeremy LeGuen also shot a 148 in the first day, posting a 76 then firing a two-over 72.

Sam Smith posted identical 75s for a 150, while Trevor Arianna added a 75-81--156, and A.J. Pursley a 76-80--156.

Abilene Christian's Alex Carpenter is the individual leader with a seven-under 133 after blistering the course with a five-under 65 and adding a two-under 68. Cameron's Jason Timmis is a stroke back at six-under 134 and UCO's Andrew Green is two strokes back and five-under 135.

Texas Wesleyan's Joel Thelen had the round of the day with a six-under 64 in the second round after putting up a three-over 73 in the first. He's tied for fourth with Wayland Baptist's Bradley Sinnitt at three-under 137.

"This is a good regional field," remarked Ray. "We really need to cut into the stroke average tomorrow so it won't hurt us in the rankings."

The final 18-hole round is Tuesday.

Hagan Gains D2 Bulletin Honors

Midwestern State's Chris Hagan garnered All-America honorable mention Monday afternoon by the Division II Bulletin.
Hagan led the Mustangs to a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight after leading the South Central Region while ranking 17th in NCAA Division II at 21.4 points per game.
The senior from Houston earned LSC South Division Player of the Year honors, became the eighth two-year player in MSU history to amass 1,000 points, and stands fourth in the all-time two-year scorers list with 1,188 points, standing behind a pair of NAIA All Americans in Tony Forch (1,391 points) and Henry Crawford (1,320).
Hagan was also the first MSU player in 25 years to score 700 points in the season as he finished the season with 707 points which included numerous shining and memorable moments.
The 5-9 guard set a school record with 50 points in an 91-82 win over Cameron on Dec. 13, 2010 at Aggie Gym which included eight 3-pointers, and he would break the 30-point barrier on three other occasions including 36 against Angelo State on Feb. 23, 33 at Eastern New Mexico on Feb. 9 and 32 at Angelo State on Jan. 12.
Hagan tallied at least 10 points in 30 of 33 games and scored 20-or-more points on 20 occasions.
He notched his only double-double with 18 points and 10 assists against Southwestern Christian on Nov. 17, 2010.
Hagan capped the season being named Most Outstanding Player at the South Central Regional while leading the Mustangs to consecutive wins over No. 17 Tarleton State, No. 9 Missouri Southern and No. 4 Central Oklahoma.
He was named a Preseason All-America Honorable Mention by The Sporting News and twice copped LSC South Division Player of the Week honors.
Hagan earned second-team All-LSC South accolades as a junior in 2010 and was named to the NCAA II South Central Region All-Tournament team.