Midwestern State freshman Brenna Moore fired a two-over-par 74 to lead the Mustangs into second place after the opening round of the 13th Annual Northeastern State Golf Classic at the par 72, 5,806-yard Cherry Springs Golf Club.
The true freshman from Burkburnett went two-over on the front nine of the Cherry Springs layout, before shooting even-par on the back nine. Moore's 74 is tied for third, just three strokes behind NSU's Kelsey Kirkpatrick with a one-under 71. Whitney Manley of Oklahoma Baptist is second after a one-over 73, with Moore and NSU's Whitney McAteer at 74.
Moore's performance led MSU to a 312 for second after the first round. Northeastern State leads the way at 302, while Southern Nazarene is third at 323.
In addition to Moore's round, Mustangs juniors Kendra Whittley of Wall and Taylor Klutts of Callisburg are in a mob in 11th at seven-over 79, while Lindsay Burkhart of Grapevine chipped in an eight-over 80. Lauren Romines of Callisburg posted a first round 84 for MSU.
The final round of the tournament is Tuesday in Tahlequah.
MEN'S GOLF: Mustangs ride second round surge at Dornick Hills Classic
Midwestern State bounced back from a bad first round to post the best team score of the second round and stand fourth after the opening day of the Dornick Hills Classic Monday.
The Mustangs turned in a 307 in the opening round and then roared back for a 290 in the second to stand fourth at 597 in event at the par 70, 6,453-yard Dornick Hills Country Club.
"We didn't play well at all in the first round," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "We didn't strike the ball well and had trouble with the course.
"But we played like a different team in the second round. We got a lot of consistency and putted well."
Central Oklahoma leads the tournament with a 579, while Abilene Christian is in second at 587 and St. Edward's a 591 in front of the Mustangs.
Central Oklahoma's Andrew Green leads individually with a one-under-par 139.
After carding an opening round 76, sophomore Jeremy LeGuen of Highland Village fired a one-over 71 to sit in a tie for ninth at seven-over 147 to pace the Mustangs. McKinney freshman Derek Oland also turned in a 76, then added a 73 for 15th at 149.
Junior Sam Smith of Archer City is at 151 after a 78-73, while Edgewood senior Brett Perry is at 152 after a 79-73 and Carrollton junior Raine Copeland added a 77-76—153.
"We put ourselves behind the eight-ball," Ray noted. "But we can compete and play with any team in the region."
The final 18-hole round is Tuesday.