ECU’s Pool, Lance tied for seventh after two rounds; Tigers in sixth place

THACKERVILLE — East Central surged from seventh place to sixth while two Tiger individuals, Zac Pool and Bryeson Lance, are tied for seventh place after two rounds Monday of the 2010 Lone Star Conference Golf Championships at the par-72 WinStar Course.

Lance, a sophomore from Sulphur, fired a 4-under-par 68 in Monday’s second round and registered five birdies on the back nine on holes No. 10, 13, 14, 17 and 18. His only bogey of the round came on No. 3. He is minus-1 (143) for the tournament after posting a 3-over 75 in Sunday’s opening round.

Pool, a senior out of Poteau, fired a 2-under 70 on Monday after shooting a 1-over 73 on Sunday. Pool birdied four holes, three of which came on the front nine. He birdied holes No. 4, 6, 7 and 14 and is also minus-1 (143) after two rounds.

ECU freshman Travis Keeley had a 1-over 73 on the day after registering birdies on No. 3 and 13 and is 9-over (153) for the event after recording an 80 in Sunday’s first round.

Teammates Michael Vassella, a senior, and Jeff Weisheit, a sophomore, are tied for 38th place and 10-over after two rounds (154). Vassella shot a 6-over 78 on Monday after posting a 76 on Sunday. Weisheit shot a 4-over 76 on Monday after registering a 78 on Sunday.

Abilene Christian’s Cyril Bouniol and Midwestern State’s Travis Klutts are tied for the lead and are at minus-8 for the tournament. Bouniol fired an 8-under 64 on Monday after posting an even-par 72 on Sunday. Klutts fired back-to-back 4-under-par 68s. Bouniol had eight birdies in Monday’s second round while Klutts had six birdies and overcame a pair of bogeys.

Midwestern State, which had a minus-14 team effort for the day, leads the team standings with a 570, which is three shots better than second-place Abilene Christian (573). Cameron is third at 577, followed by Central Oklahoma (580) and Northeastern State (585).

ECU is sixth at 589 as the Tigers as a team were minus-1 for the day. Southwestern Oklahoma State is seventh at 592, followed by Texas A&M-Commerce (598), West Texas A&M (607) and Southeastern Oklahoma State (608).

The third and final round was set for today as the first men’s tee time was at 8 this morning.

Lady Tiger golfers record best-ever team score for a round, still in 8th place at LSC

THACKERVILLE — East Central’s Lady Tigers posted the best round in the brief three-year history of their golf program on Monday, but stayed in eighth place after two rounds of the 2010 Lone Star Conference Championships at the par-72 WinStar Course.

ECU recorded a team score of 315, which was a whopping 32 strokes better than Sunday’s first round of 347 as the scoring average for the Lady Tigers’ five players for Monday was 79.8.

Redshirt freshman Emily Wharton registered the best round of the day for the Lady Tigers with a 3-over 75 as she reached par on 15 holes. That came after an 88 on Sunday as she is now tied for 26th place with a 163. Wharton, who is at 19-over, now has 21 pars for the tournament.

Teammate and freshman Megan Dutton is tied for 33rd place as she shot an 83 on Monday after recording an 82 on Sunday to finish at 165 after two rounds (21-over).

ECU freshman Ashley Cardwell shot an 80 on Monday to better her first-round effort of 88 by eight shots as she sits in a tie for 35th place after two rounds. Cardwell, who has a two-round score of 168 (24-over), posted two birdies on Monday after getting one on Sunday.

Another Lady Tiger freshman Carol Blanton fired a 79 on Monday after settling for a 90 on Sunday to fare 11 strokes better than her opening-round score. Blanton registered par on 11 holes Monday and is in 37th place.

Junior Whitney McDaniel, on the strength of 11 pars on Monday, ended up with an 81, which was eight shots better than Sunday’s initial round. She is at 170 (26-over) and is in 38th place heading into today’s third and final round.

Angelo State’s Raelyn Smith fired a 4-under-par 68 on Monday and leads the tournament by a stroke after two rounds. She is 1-over heading into the final round after recording a 77 on Sunday. Her two-round score is 145.

Smith leads by one shot over Central Oklahoma’s Cassy Knight, who was the first-round leader. Knight fired an even-par 72 on Monday after shooting a 74 on Sunday. Tarleton State’s Katy Ward is also in serious contention after firing a 2-under-70 and is in third place at 147. She opened play with a 77 on Sunday.

Tarleton State, with a 614 (321-293) at 38-over, holds the team lead in the event by a shot over West Texas A&M which is 615 (318-297) after two rounds. Angelo State is in third place at 617 (322-295), followed by Central Oklahoma at 626 (322-304) and Northeastern State at 630 (321-309).

Cameron is in sixth place at 637 (328-309), followed by Midwestern State at 646 (331-315), ECU at 662, Texas A&M-Commerce at 680 (353-327) and Southwestern Oklahoma State at 711 (363-348).

The third, and final, round of the LSC Women’s Tournament was scheduled to tee off at 10:42 this morning.

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