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

GO WILDCATS Sophomore Matt Van Cleave is tied for sixth after the first day of the 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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