Freshmen Drew Novara is tied for 15th after the first two rounds.
Oct. 1, 2012
By John Lock
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Southern Illinois men's golf team is tied for sixth place after 36 holes at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate. Brandon Cauldwell and Drew Novara lead the Salukis and are tied for 15th individually. The final round of the tournament starts tomorrow morning with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
"We didn't have anyone play up to his potential, but we're not in bad shape," head coach Leroy Newton said. "We can go out tomorrow and play better and move up. We're right there with the other conference teams, so we'll see if we can make up some ground tomorrow."
The team battled windy 15-20 mph winds all day that resulted in high scores. Only 19 golfers in the 55-player field broke 80 in the first round. Only nine golfers broke 80 in each of the first two rounds.
SIU was led by senior Brandon Cauldwell and freshman Drew Novara, who both posted a score of 159 after 36 holes. They are 11 strokes behind the leader heading into the final round. They are tied for 15th individually.
Against conference competition, Southern is trailing Missouri State by 10 strokes and Creighton by seven strokes. The Salukis lead Drake by nine strokes.
Tournament host Kansas State leads the tournament by three strokes over Idaho. The top pair of teams are separated from third-place Missouri State by 25 strokes. Kansas State's Daniel Wood leads the tournament by one stroke over three others.
t-52.) Ryan Haxel: 85-89 (174)*
*Competed as an individual
1.) Kansas State: 301-308 (609)
2.) Idaho: 308-304 (612)
3.) Missouri State: 311-326 (637)
4.) Valparaiso: 321-318 (639)
5.) Creighton: 314-326 (640)
t-6.) Southern Illinois: 324-323 (647)
t-6.) Nebraska-Omaha: 315-332 (647)
8.) Drake: 325-331 (656)
9.) Western Illinois 328-332 (660)