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    Sept. 29, 2008

    By Kyle Herm
    www.SIUSalukis.com

    AVON, Ohio. - The Saluki men's golf team stands in fourth place at 4-over-par (580) after 36 holes at the 14-team CSU-Telich Sun Life Financial Invitational. Senior Todd Obergoenner led SIU in day one with a 3-under 141 (71,70) and is tied for third individually.

    Southern Illinois opened the day at the par-72, 7,215-yard Sand Ridge Golf Course with a morning round 5-over 293, and followed with an afternoon 1-under 287, which tied a season-best.

    "We played some excellent golf today, and the kids are thrilled to be in contention," said head coach Leroy Newton. "We've set ourselves up to have an exciting day tomorrow, and we're looking to make a run at the team's ahead of us."

    The Salukis are staring down South Dakota State and Longwood University, who sit tied for first at 1-over-par (577), and tournament host Cleveland State in third at 3-over, 579. Malone College rounded out the top-five with an 11-over 587.

    Obergoenner, the reigning MVC Golfer of the Week, began the tournament with a 1-under 71 before recording a 2-under 70 in the afternoon.

    "Todd (Obergoenner) and Phillip (Collier) played very well today, but everyone contributed to put us in this position," said Newton. "It was a very competitive day of golf."

    Senior Phillip Collier complimented Obergoenner by recording a 1-under-par 143, which placed him tied for fifth. The Sutherland, Va. native posted SIU's low round for the day with a tied career-best 4-under-par 68.

    Senior John Danielson posted scores of 2-over 74, and 1-over 73 to put him tied for 18th (3-over 147), and freshman Luke Daily and junior Blake Driskell are tied for 28th and 45th with 36-hole scores of 149 and 152.

     

     

    The Salukis have not been strangers to entering the final day in the hunt for first place.

    Including Monday's opening round, SIU has led or been within three strokes of the lead heading into the final day of all three of its tournaments this fall.

    The last 18 holes will begin on Tuesday morning at 7 p.m. CT in Avon, Ohio.

    CSU-Telich Sun Life Financial Invitational Day One Team Standings
    T1. South Dakota State - 287 - 290 -577 (+1)
    T1. Longwood University - 292 - 285 - 577 (+1)
    3. Cleveland State - 296 - 283 - 579 (+3)
    4. Southern Illinois University - 293 - 287 - 580 (+4)
    5. Malone College - 294 - 293 - 587 (+11)
    6. Detroit Mercy - 296 - 293 - 589 (+13)
    T7. Youngstown State - 304 - 291 - 595 (+19)
    T7. Oakland University - 304 - 291 - 595 (+19)
    T9. Loyola University - Chicago - 296 - 302 - 598 (+22)
    T9. St. Joseph's University - 297 - 301 - 598 (+22)
    11. Butler University - 301 - 301 - 602 (+26)
    12. Wright State University - 314 - 298 - 612 (+36)
    13. Wisconsin-Parkside - 313 - 302 - 615 (+39)
    14. Robert Morris University - 305 - 311 - 616 (+40)

    Southern Illinois University Individual Standings
    T3. Todd Obergoenner - 71 - 70 - 141 (-3)
    T5. Phillip Collier - 75 - 68 - 143 (-1)
    T18. John Danielson - 74 - 73 - 147 (+3)
    T28. Luke Daily - 73 - 76 - 149 (+5)
    T45. Blake Driskell - 75 - 77 - 152 (+8)

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