The men’s golf team finished day one of the Louisiana-Monroe Wallace Jones Invitational in fourth place. The team is led by freshman Robert Johnson, who recorded a 72 for the first nine, and a 75 for the back nine. The Invitational is Johnson’s first two rounds of collegiate golf; as he currently has control of fifth place in the individual race.
The Wildcats hold a one stroke lead over fifth place New Orleans, who as a team shot 610, compared to the 609 ACU finished with. Louisiana-Monroe (586) currently holds first with a six stroke lead over second place Arkansas-Little Rock (592). Oral Roberts earned third place honors with a score of 601, eight strokes better than the Wildcats.
Velten Meyer of Louisiana-Monroe leads the Invitational with a 141 score after two rounds. Scott Newel from Oral Roberts owns second place after a two rounds of back to back 72 scores. Third and fourth place belongs to Arkansas-Little Rock’s Noah Tullas (145) and Johann Voss (146).
Junior Corbin Renner, who has been ACU’s best golfer of the season, finished the first day with a 149, shooting 75 and 74. His second place rank for the Wildcats and tie for eleventh individually continues his excellent play of late. In their previous tournament, Renner recorded his best finish of the spring with a 223 over three rounds (76, 71, and 76).
“I have been playing well and it just goes back to all the practice and playing and trying to stay sharp,” Renner said. “The course fits my eye and I think it can be a good week.”
Senior Trey Sullivan finished third for the Wildcats with a 152 and sophomore Kaden Walters shot an 83 and 78, for 161. Senior Ian Evans rounded out the Wildcats five with a 169 score (89, 80).
“To play well it really comes down to playing to your individual strengths when you’re out there,” Renner said. “The team is progressing well and this week will be good for us to have a good bounce back week.”
The Wildcats will be back on the road this weekend with a trip to Jonesboro, Ark. The team will compete in the ASU Red Wolves Intercollegiate.