Midwestern State redshirt freshman Santiago Gomez fired a 5-under-par 67 to sit in a tie for second individually after the opening round of the NCAA Division II South Central/West Super Regional at The Home Course.
He led the Mustangs to a 1-over 289 as a team that stands in a sixth place tie after the opening round.
Cal State-Monterey Bay, fourth in the GolfStat rankings and sixth in the GCAA Coaches Poll, leads the field with a 9-under 279 after one round. Western Washington sits at 5-under 283, with Abilene Christian third at 1-under 287. Grand Canyon (Ariz.) and Cal State-Stanislaus are tied for fourth at even-par 288, while Chico State (Calif.), Dallas Baptist and Colorado-Colorado Springs join MSU in sixth.
Gomez toured the par 72, 7138 yard Home Course with three birdies and added an eagle 3 on the par 5, 552-yard 8th hole which was his next to last. He is a stroke behind DBU's Kyle Beard who shot a 6-under 66, and tied with Cal State-Monterey Bay's Brandon Hortt and Newman's Myles Miller.
MSU junior Jeremy LeGuen is tied for 32nd in the 108-man field after shooting a 1-over 73 to open play, while senior Antonio Herran posted a 2-over 74 and freshman Ian Gallagher a 3-over 75.
Sophomore Derek Oland struggled in his opening round, with three double bogies on his way to a 6-over 78.
The Mustangs play the second of three rounds on Tuesday, starting at 2 p.m. Texas Time off the first tee. MSU will play again with Grand Canyon (Ariz.) and Abilene Christian.
The top five teams and top two individuals not a part of those five teams advance to the NCAA Division II Championship May 20-24 at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.
Midwestern State sophomore Brenna Moore posted an 8-over-par 79 on Monday, but moved up into the top 10 after the second round of the NCAA Division II West Regional.
Moore had the eighth best round of the day at the par 71, 6000-yard Tiara Rado Golf Club thanks in part to the extremely windy conditions.
The sophomore from Burkburnett is in the hunt for one of the three individual spots to the NCAA Division II Championship at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach next week, as seven players are within two shots of the second and third individual spots.
Colorado State-Pueblo's Hee-Leina Kim leads the tournament at 6-over 148, followed by a six-way tie for second at 155 and a six-way tie for eighth at 157.
"Brenna has got herself in position, she handled the elements today about as well as anyone," said MSU coach Jeff Ray.
The winds, that increased to 30-to-35 miles per hour with gusts over 50 mph, forced a two hour, 35 minute delay.
"The balls were blowing off the greens and really affecting putting," said Ray. "We had one girl 5-putt from five feet away because of the wind."
But while Moore coped with the wind on Monday, the rest of the Mustangs suffered in the gusty conditions.
"It caused us a lot of problems, obviously more than some of the others," he added.
Senior Lindsay Burkhart managed an 82 in second round play to tie for 24th at 163. Senior Taylor Klutts added an 84 to sit in 23rd at 162, while senior Kendra Whittley posted an 86 for a 170. Senior Lauren Romines recorded a 90 for a 171 after two rounds.
MSU is seventh at 649 after the 331 on Monday, needing to make up as much as 12 strokes against five teams to make the national tournament.
St. Edward's leads the tournament at 629 after a 322 in round two. Grand Canyon (Ariz.) sits in second at 637, a stroke ahead of Tarleton State at 638 in third, Sonoma State (Calif.) at 639 in fourth and Dallas Baptist at 640 in fifth.
The top three teams and top three individuals not with those teams advance.
The final round is Tuesday, with MSU's first tee time at 9:50 Texas time.
Midwestern State earned an at-large bid for its eighth NCAA Division II postseason appearance Monday morning.
The Mustangs head to Denton to as the No. 5 seed this weekend and will open with No. 4-seeded St. Mary's (Texas) at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Pioneer Field. Host and top-seed Texas Woman's faces No. 8-seed Incarnate Word in the other matchup in South Central Regional I Friday at 7 p.m.
West Texas A&M hosts South Central Regional II as the Lady Buffs opens with No. 7-seeded St. Edward's while No. 3-seeded Colorado Mines battles No. 6 Angelo State (Texas).
Both regionals are double elimination format with the winners advancing to a best-of-3 Super Region series at the site of the highest remaining seed. The victor moves on to the NCAA Division II College World Series set for May 23-27 at the James Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.
Ticket information will be released as it becomes available.
NCAA Division II South Central Regional 1
Friday, May 10
Game 1: St. Mary's (43-13) vs. Midwestern State (42-15), 4:30 p.m.
Game 2: Texas Woman's (46-12) vs. Incarnate Word (30-24), 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 11
Game 3: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 2 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 4:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner, 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 12
Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, 2 p.m.
Game 7: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser, 4:30 p.m. (if necessary)
NCAA Division II South Central Regional 2