The Midwestern State Mustangs improved during the second round of the day, but still sit seventh after two rounds of the Midwestern State Invitational at the Wichita Falls Country Club.
MSU posted team scores of 299 and 289 for a 588 total that is a stroke out of fifth and seven away from third in the competition of 15 teams on the par 71, 6812-yard WFCC layout.
"We did a good job in bouncing back in the second round," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "We just didn't go low in the first round. And when you have a great day and the course is in as great shape like it is, you have to go low to be in contention."
Cameron did just that. The Aggies had an opening round 291, then followed it with a 10-under-par 274 team score to have them in front at 565, eight strokes ahead of Northeastern State (Okla.) at 573. Southern Nazarene (Okla.) and Southeastern Oklahoma State are tied for third at 581 after the first two rounds.
Individually, Cameron's Dylan McClure and SOSU's Zach James lead the tournament at 6-under 136. NSU's Brent Williamson is third at 2-under 140. Southern Nazarene's Michael Hearne had the round of the day with a 7-under 64 in the second round.
MSU was paced by the play of senior Derek Oland of McKinney, Texas/Boyd, who fired a 1-over 72 in the first 18, then followed it with a 2-over 73 to stand in a tie for 11th at 3-over 145.
Sophomore Thomas Smith of Stoke-on-Trent, England fired an even-par 71 in the second round after a 4-over 75 in the first to be in a tie at 17th at 4-over 146.
Junior Ian Gallagher of Highland Village, Texas/Flower Mound Marcus posted a 75-76 -151 for MSU, as sophomore Luke Thomas of Plano, Texas/West tallied a 77-75 -152.
Sophomore Jared Baker of Holliday, Texas also recorded a 152, but he started with an 82 in the first round and followed it with a 1-under 70.
The Mustangs are fielding a second team in the event, that stands 15th at 624.
Junior Brandon Banks leads the way for the Maroon team at 6-over 148 after following an opening round 78 with a 1-under 70.
Sophomore Colton Dorion of Surrey, B.C., Canada, posted a 75-78 - 153, with junior Colton Kowalick of Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider, adding an 85-76 - 161. Redshirt freshman Tom Clinton of Sydney, Australia carded an 82-80 - 162, and freshman Ryder Dillard of Munday, Texas scored an 85-83 -168.
The final round will shotgun start at 9 a.m. at WFCC.