Senior Taylor Klutts fired a 1-over-par 73 on Monday to help the Midwestern State Mustangs lead the after one round of the MSU Invitational at the Wichita Falls Country Club.
The Mustangs posted a 314 team score thanks in part to Klutts who sits one stroke behind the individual leaders Anna Arrese Cortadel of Oklahoma Christian and Hee-Leina Kim of Colorado State-Pueblo who toured the par 72, 5,875-yard WFCC layout in even-par 72.
The Mustangs are at the top of the 18-team leaderboard, two strokes ahead of Central Oklahoma at 316 in second, three in front of third place Oklahoma Christian at 317 and five in front of Southwestern Oklahoma State in fifth at 319.
"Our girls played well today," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "Of course Taylor had a great round as she putted so well on the greens at the Country Club. And we had the rest really grind it out and give us a chance for the win."
Senior Kendra Whittley is six back in a tie for ninth with a 6-over 78, while sophomore Brenna Moore is eight behind the lead in a tie for 19th at 8-over 80. MSU also counted an 83 by senior Lindsay Burkhart, while senior Lauren Romines tallied an 84.
Playing as an individual, freshman Kynze Mann posted an 86.
The final round is Tuesday at the WFCC.
The Midwestern State Mustangs shot a better second round than their first but dropped to third after the first day of their own MSU Invitational at The Champions Course at Weeks Park on Monday.
MSU was tied with Cameron at 304 after the first round and turned in a 298 for the second for a 602, but that put them behind Incarnate Word at 596 and Cameron's 598 in the team standings.
The Mustangs were paced by the outstanding play of freshman Santiago Gomez who fired a 2-under-par 70 on the par 72, 7,034 yard Champions layout in the second round. It went with his 3-over 75 in the first for a fourth place tie at 1-over 145 heading into the final round.
Freshman Ian Gallagher opened with an 80 in the first round, but answered with an even-par 72 in the second to tie for 16th at 8-over 152. Antonio Herran is in the top 20 with a 9-over 153 after rounds of 74 and 79.
Sophomore Derek Oland struggled during the day, posting identical 5-over rounds of 77 to sit at 10-over 154. Jeremy LeGuen added a 78-81 – 159 as the final team player for MSU.
"Santiago had a great second round," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "And Gallagher kept us in the hunt. We can get it back tomorrow."
MSU also has four individuals playing as medalists.
Spencer Riley is in the top 20 with a 79-74 – 153, while Colton Kowalick has an 85-73 – 158, Cody Rozales an 81-81 – 152 and Raine Copeland an 85-79 – 164.
Individually, Patrick Willey of Arkansas-Fort Smith and Kirby Gorzell of St. Mary's are tied at 2-under 142. Willey had the best round of the day with a 4-under 68 in the second round. Cameron's Trey Lawson is third at even-par 144 after consecutive 72s.
The final round is Tuesday at The Champions Course at Weeks Park.