K-State Men's Golf in 12th at Louisiana Classics

Sophomore Matt Van Cleave is tied for sixth after the first day of the Louisiana Classics

March 10, 2003

LAFAYETTE, La. - The Kansas State men's golf team posted a 36-hole total of 592 on Monday to finish in 12th place after the first day of Louisiana Classics at the par-72, 7,002-yard, Oakbourne Country Club. SMU leads the team race with an 8-under-par 568, just four strokes ahead of second place Tulsa.

Wildcat sophomore Matt Van Cleave battled to lead the Wildcats with a 2-under-par 142, having back-to-back rounds of 71. Van Cleave is currently tied for sixth place with seven other golfers. He is five strokes behind the leader, David Inglis of Tulsa, who shot a tournament-best round of 67 in the afternoon on Monday.

In the team race, SMU took an early 9-stroke advantage after the first round over Texas A&M which shot a 290. However, in the second round Tulsa charged back from a sixth-place 295 to fire off a second round total of 277 to move into second and tighten the race for the team title.

Wildcat freshman Josh Persons finished day one in a tie for 35th with a two-round total 149. Completing the K-State's roster was junior Greg Douglas, who tied for 42nd with a 150, and juniors Aaron Watkins and A. J. Elgert who tied for 60th, both shooting a 152.

The conclusion of the tournament is set to begin tomorrow at 7 a.m. at Oakbourne Country Club. For complete results of the Louisiana Classic, please visit Louisiana-Lafayette's web site at www.ragincajuns.com.

Scores after first two rounds:

Team Scores: 1. SMU 568. 2. Tulsa 572. 3. Texas A&M 574. 4. Southern Mississippi 585. 5. North Texas 586. T6. Missouri 588. T6. Texas Tech 588. T6. LSU 588. T9. Louisiana-Lafayette 589. T9. Baylor 589. 11. Texas-San Antonio 590. 12. Kansas State 592. 13. Rice 596. 14. Colorado 598. 15. Kansas 600.

Top Individuals: 1. David Inglis, Tulsa, 137. 2. Stephen Reed, Texas A&M, 138. 3. Ryan Baca, Baylor, 140. T4. Nicholas Loar, SMU, 141. T4. Mike Mezei, UTSA, 141.

Wildcat Individuals: T6. Matt Van Cleave 142. T35. Josh Persons 149. T42. Greg Douglas 150. T60. Aaron Watkins 152. T60. A.J. Elgert 152.

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