Missouri State shoots 613 through two rounds at Porto Cima
SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. – Missouri State shot a 37-over 613, tying for sixth place after 36 holes at the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Club at Porto Cima, on Monday.
Juniors Mitch Mather and Joey Johnson paced the Bears, shooting 7-over 151 on the par-72 7,036-yard, Jack-Nicklaus-designed course. Johnson and freshman Brad Carpenter fired the Bears’ best rounds of the day with opening-round 74s as Missouri State is tied with Loyola after 36 holes.
“Our play today was obviously not what we were looking for,” said Missouri State head coach Neal Stafford. “We just didn’t finish off a couple rounds. Hopefully we will learn from today and get better moving forward. With that being said, there is still a lot of golf to be played and we hope to make a move up the leaderboard tomorrow.”
Mather led the Bears with 24 pars on the day, while he tied with junior Brik Brauburger and Johnson for the team led with four birdies.
Mather and Johnson are tied for 16th overall, while Carpenter followed his opening-round scoring with an 80 to tie for 25th overall at 10-over-par 154.
Senior Mark Karlsen has a share of 35th place at 15-over 159 with rounds of 81 and 78. Brauburger is 38th, carding 79 and 83 for 18-over 162.
Wichita State leads the team standings at 3-under 573, holding a 21-shot lead over second-place Northern Iowa heading into Tuesday. Louis Cohen Boyer fired a 36-hole score of 136, including an opening-round 67 to hold a five-stroke advantage over teammate Conrad Walcher in the medalist race.
Evansville sits third at 21-over 597. Bradley (26-over 602) and Southern Illinois (28-over 604) round out the top five. Drake (49-over 625) and Illinois State (53-over 629) are ninth and 10th, respectively.
The final round is set for 8 a.m., on Tuesday.