The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's golf team improved by nine strokes between the first and second rounds, but the Cru will still have work to do to move up after the opening day of the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament Monday in Austin. UMHB finds itself in fifth place after the first two rounds.
The Cru carded a two-round total of 314-305=619 to grab fifth place. U.T.-Tyler posted 287-296=583 to grab the opening day team lead. Concordia Texas is four shots back in second place with a 296-291=587. U.T.-Dallas record a 296-300=596 for third place and Hardin-Simmons University is in fourth place, 20 strokes ahead of the Cru with a 296-303=599 team score. There is an eight-team field competing in the tournament.
Cade Govender was the low individual finisher for UMHB on the opening day. Govender has a share of tenth place after firing a 75-75=150. Kyle Revis recorded seven birdies in the second round and is tied for 17th place with an 80-72=152. Cort Crawley shot 79-78=157 and is tied for 24th place after posting the Cru's only eagle in the second round. Zach Daroowala posted 80-80=160 to tie for 28th place and Kade Bentley is 38th after shooting 86-82=168. U.T.-Tyler's Tyler Uhlig has the individual lead after firing a 68-71=139 on Monday.
The two-day, 54-hole event is being played on a par-72, 7,023-yard layout at Avery Ranch Golf Club in Austin. UMHB is the defending ASC champion. The winner of the ASC Championship Tournament will also claim the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships. Teams will tee off for Tuesday's final round with an 8 am shotgun start.