MSU Golf: Women 6th, Men 12 at Regionals

Romines, Whittley Lead Mustangs in 2nd Round

Juniors Lauren Romines and Kendra Whittley both fired 1-under-par 71s to lead the Midwestern State Mustangs in the second round of the NCAA Division II Super Regional 4 Golf Championship at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
The Mustangs remained sixth as a team after tallying a 300 in the second round for a two round total of 606.  MSU's 300 was the third lowest round of the day.
MSU is 16 strokes behind leader Tarleton State 590, but only eight behind second place Cal-State Monterrey at 598 and seven off the third place tie between Central Oklahoma and Grand Canyon at 599.  St. Edward's is fifth at 601.
"We've put ourselves in a position to possibly advance," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray.  "We need that one great round and get four quality scores.  Tuesday should be fun."
The top three teams and top three individuals not on those teams advance to the NCAA finals at the Division II Spring Championships Festival May 16-19 at the Persimmon Ridge Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.
Romines is tied for 12th individually at 5-over-149, while Whittley is tied for 14th at 6-over-150.
Romines, who had a 78 on Sunday, jumped out early with birdies on the second and seventh holes and made the turn at 2-under-par.  She bogeyed 13 and 14 to go even before bouncing back with a bird on 15 for her career-best of 71.
Whittley bounced back from a non-team score counting 79 on Sunday with a round on Monday that featured a two birdies and a bogey for her 71.
"Kendra and Lauren had great rounds," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray.  "They were both great in all areas, even with the course playing a little tougher than yesterday."
Junior Lindsay Burkhart posted a 6-over 78 for the round for a 36-hole total of 156.
The day was a disappointment for junior Taylor Klutts and freshman Brenna Moore.
Klutts, who entered the day tied for fifth after an even-par 72 on Sunday, struggled from the start to post a 9-over 81 and not figure in the team score.  She slipped to a tie for 23rd entering the final round at 153.
Moore also had problems and posted double bogeys on two of the four par 3s and a bogey on another on the way to an 8-over 80 and a 36-hole total of 158.
Central Oklahoma's Taylor Neidy fired a 4-under 68 on Monday and is in the lead at 4-under 140 individually, three strokes ahead of CSU-Monterey Bay's Courtney Soeukland at 1-under 143.  Three others are tied for third at even-par 144.
The final round is Tuesday at Wigwam Resort's par 72, 6191 yard Heritage Course.

Smith's Eventful Day Leads Mustangs in Opening Round

Midwestern State junior Sam Smith fired a 1-over-par 73 to lead the Mustangs in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Midwest/South Central Super Regional at the Jefferson City (Mo.) Country Club.
The Mustangs posted a 302 as a team to sit tied for 12th among the 20 teams after the first round.
Central Missouri leads the field at 2-under 286, with Northern Kentucky six back at 292 in second.  Bellarmine (Ky.) Grand Valley State (Mich.) and Indianapolis (Ind.) are tied for third at 296.
Smith is tied for 12th after his eventful opening round 73.  The Archer City junior recorded five birdies and six bogeys on the day.
Smith was 1-under at the turn with a pair of birds and a bogey on the front nine, but the back side was an adventure.  He bogeyed 10, but birdied 11 and 13 to go to 2-under.
He dropped another shot at 14, got it back with a birdie at 15, but came home with three bogeys to end the round at 73.
Sophomore Jeremy LeGuen carded a 3-over 75 for MSU to tie for 28th as he chalked up a pair of birdies with five bogeys over the par 72, 7112 yard JCCC Course.
The final three holes cost all the Mustangs, as every MSU player recorded at least one bogey on the way in.
Senior Trevor Arianna and junior Raine Copeland each posted 5-over 77 on Monday.
Freshman Derek Oland struggled in his first NCAA tournament round without recording a birdie, while chalking up four bogeys and a double bogey on his way to a 6-over 78.
The Mustangs face second round action on Tuesday at JCCC.  The tournament concludes on Wednesday with the top five teams and two individuals not part of those squads advancing to the finals at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky., May 15-18, part of the Division II Spring Championships Festival.