MSU Roundup: Brenna Moore Playing Well

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.

MSU FOOTBALL: Mustangs receiving votes in AFCA Division II Poll

Midwestern State received 44 more votes in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Coaches' Poll released Monday morning, but remains just out of the Top 25.
The Mustangs improved to 2-0 for the sixth-straight year with a sound 63-14 thrashing of Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday afternoon in the Lone Star Football Festival at Cowboys Stadium.
Midwestern has now received mention in 62 of the last 63 reporting period dating back to the 2006 season.
The Mustangs are currently receiving 52 votes which are 16 fewer than No. 25 New Haven (Conn.).
MSU is one of 12 teams from NCAA Division II's Super Region 4 to receive mention in the poll which includes five from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, four from the Lone Star Conference, two from the Great American Conference and one out of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The region boasts seven ranked squads including No. 1 Northwest Missouri State, No. 8 Washburn (Kan.), No. 10 Abilene Christian (Texas), No. 15 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 16 Texas A&M-Kingsville, No. 20 Central Missouri and No. 21 West Texas A&M while MSU, Missouri Western, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), Humboldt State (Calif.) and Southeastern Oklahoma are receiving votes.
Northwest Missouri received 26 first-place votes to claim the No. 1 position after last week's top-ranked team - Minnesota-Duluth - lost to Wayne State (Neb.) 7-0 to fall to No. 11.
North Alabama jumped up two spots to No. 2 and received two first-place votes after defeating then-No. 3 Abilene Christian 23-17 at the Lone Star Football Festival, while No. 6 Delta State (Miss.) claimed the other first-place nod.
Midwestern State takes on No. 16 Texas A&M-Kingsville in its home opener Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.