Midwestern State delivered a pair of strong rounds on the opening day of the St. Mary's Rattler Invitational Monday played at the Par-71, 7,007-yard course at The Republic Golf Club.
The Mustangs head into Tuesday's final round in third with a two-round, 12-over total of 580 standing two strokes behind tournament co-leaders Incarnate Word and St. Edward's.
Sophomore Thomas Smith and Luke Thomas lead the way for the Mustangs as both players fired 2-over totals of 144 to tie for seventh on the individual leaderboard seven strokes behind Incarnate Word's Austin Jordan, who carded rounds of 72 and 65 for a 5-under 137.
Smith delivered one of three sub-par rounds for the Mustangs improving on a 74 to shoot a 1-under 70 in the second round, while Thomas fired a 71 and 73.
Senior Derek Oland opened with a 1-under 70 before struggling to a 76 for a 4-over 176 to tie for 13th, while freshman Will Mullins brushed off an opening round 78 to score a 1-under 70 in the second round to tie for 16th with a 6-over total of 148.
Junior Brandon Banks rounded out MSU scoring firing scores of 76 and 81 for a 15-over 157 to tie for 49th.