Midwestern State freshman Santiago Gomez shot a blistering 4-under 68 in the second round of the Lone Star Conference Championship to put himself and the Mustangs in the lead after Monday's competition.
No. 23 Midwestern State posted a 297 as a team in the first round and followed it with a 292 in the second to lead the tournament at 13-over 589, 16 strokes ahead of No. 5 Abilene Christian in second and 21 in front of No. 24 Cameron in third.
Gomez' 68 was the best round of the tournament and added to his first round 73, put him at 3-under 141 heading into the final round at the par 72, 6988 yard Golf Club at Champions Circle. Gomez holds a five stroke lead over four-time LSC Player of the Year Alex Carpenter of Abilene Christian who is a 2-over 146.
MSU has two other top five contenders and a fourth player in the top 10 after the opening two rounds.
Sophomore Derek Oland is tied for third at 4-over 148 after consecutive rounds of 2-over 74 on Monday, matching Texas A&M-Commerce's Kason Childress.
Senior Antonio Herran is in a fifth place tie at 5-over 149 after rounds of 77 and 72, while junior Jeremy LeGuen is tied for ninth at 7-over 151. Freshman Ian Gallagher posted an 80-82 – 162 as well.
The Mustangs handled the windy conditions at the course across Texas 114 from Texas Motor Speedway.
One of the highlights of the second round was twin eagles by the Mustangs as Herran got the first 3 on the par 5 18th hole to go to even-par, and Oland followed about 25 minutes later with a second on the closing hole .
The Mustangs are playing for their first Lone Star Conference title in golf.
MSU tees off beginning at 10:48 on Tuesday in final round action.
Midwestern State senior Taylor Klutts fired a 1-over-par 73 to lead the Mustangs to the top of the leaderboard at the midway mark of the Lone Star Conference Championship at the Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth.
The Mustangs, who have been the tournament runner-up the last two years, hold a seven stroke lead after posting a 311. West Texas A&M is second at 318 and Tarleton State third at 319.
Klutts, a senior from Lake Kiowa /Callisburg, 1-over is one stroke off the pace, tied for second individually with Tarleton State's Isabell Jimenez-Perea and behind the even-par 72 of West Texas A&M's Glory Jangthongsiri.
Senior Lindsay Burkhart of Grapevine and sophomore Brenna Moore of Burkburnett are also in the top 10 individually, sitting in a tie for sixth at 6-over 78.
All five Mustangs are in the top 20, with senior Kendra Whittley of Wall in 16th at 82 and senior Lauren Romines of Lake Kiowa/Callisburg in 18th at 83.
The Mustangs are playing for their first Lone Star Conference championship in their just their fourth of women's golf. MSU is currently 14th in the latest GolfStat rankings and are ranked fourth in the latest NCAA Division II South Central Regional rankings.
Midwestern opens final round play beginning at 9:20 on Tuesday.