A&M-COMMERCE STRUGGLES ON FIRST DAY OF ST. EDWARD'S INVITATIONAL
St. Edward’s Invitational
Location: Grey Rock Golf Club · Austin, Texas
Result: Lions sit 17th after first two rounds (75-over 651)
Top Performer: Kyle Middleton tied for 48th individually (13-over 157)
Up Next: Final Round · Tuesday, March 6 · 8:30 a.m. (shotgun start)
AUSTIN, Texas – A&M-Commerce struggled over the opening two rounds of the St. Edward’s Invitational, compiling a 75-over 651 to sit 17th out of the 17-team field at the Grey Rock Golf Club. The Lions got off to a rocky start, shooting a 45-over 333 in round one, but recovered a bit in round two, shaving 15 strokes to notch a 30-over 318.
Freshman Kyle Middleton heads into the final round sitting a top the Lion scorecard, shooting an 8-over 80 in round one before notching a 5-over 77 in round two and is tied for 48th in the individual standings with a 13-over 157. He holds a four-stroke lead over sophomore Patrick Russo, who tied Middleton for the best round of the day with a 77, shaking off a 12-over 84 in round one.
Freshman Brent Reagan, competing in his first tournament as a Lion after playing as an individual last week, sits third on the A&M-Commerce scorecard with a 21-over 165, three strokes better than fellow freshman Cade Grimm’s 24-over 168. Freshman Derek Rucki rounds out the Lion competitors with a 33-over 177 through two rounds.
A&M-Commerce faces a stiff uphill battle on Tuesday’s final round if it wants to make a run up the team standings, trailing 16th-place Southwestern Oklahoma State by 16 strokes (59-over 635) and sitting 22 shots back of both Lone Star Conference rival Midwestern State and Colorado State-Pueblo (53-over 629) for 14th overall.
Nova Southeastern heads into Tuesday’s final round with a 12-over 588, one shot ahead of Barry University (13-over 589). Host St. Edward’s (23-over 599), Chico State (26-over 602) and LSC rival Abilene Christian (27-over 603) round out the team top five with Barry’s Daniel Stapff holding a commanding lead in the individual standings with an impressive 7-under 137.
The Lions will hit the course at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning looking to make their run at the competitors. Full results will be available on LionAthletics.com as they become available.
ST. EDWARD'S INVITATIONAL FIRST DAY RESULTS
|T-48th||Kyle Middleton||80-77=157 (+13)|
|T-66th||Patrick Russo||84-77=161 (+17)|
|T-78th||Brent Reagan||84-81=165 (+21)|
|T-84th||Cade Grimm||85-83=168 (+24)|
|90th||Derek Rucki||91-86=177 (+33)|