Delta State shot 300 in the second round, which is 21 strokes better than the 321 the team shot in Monday’s first round. DSU is still in 19th place at 53-over par with a 621.
“We were 21 shots better,” DSU head golf coach Sam Dunning said by phone on Tuesday. “A 300 and a 300, we’d be in eighth place, but this course is really tough. It’s the same for everybody obviously. I think our inexperience hurt us a little yesterday. He started off so bad. For us having such a young team, I think gaining this experience will help us in the future. Three hundred is not bad on this course. It’s really brutal. In this rough, you’re lucky to find the ball and we’ve lost several.”
Three of DSU’s five golfers had a score of five strokes or better in the second round than in the first round.
“None of them have been to this type of seen on the national level,” Dunning said. “Experience is something big. It really is in my mind.”
The biggest improvement was done by sophomore Reed Lindsey. Lindsey, who shot an 85 on Monday, turned in a 71. Lindsey pared on his first eight holes to begin the second round. Lindsey shot a six on hole 9, which is a par-5, 510-yard hole, to post a 1-over par through the first nine holes. Lindsey’s game got better as the day progressed as he shot a three for a birdie on hole No. 11 and a four for another birdie on hole No. 14 to put him at 1-under par. Lindsey went back to par as he shot a four for a bogey on hole No. 17. Lindsey was able to shot a four for par on hole No. 18 to finish the day with an even par for the round. Lindsey was one of nine golfers on the day to shoot par or better. No golfer shot under a 70. Lindsey is 14-over par after two rounds of action in the tournament, which puts him in a tie for 75th place.
“Reed played good today,” Dunning said. “He shot a 71 today, and that’s a big swing for us.”
Freshman Zack Prichett improved 10 strokes in round two as he shot a 74 on Tuesday after shooting an 84 in the first round on Monday. Prichett started Tuesday’s action on a roll as he was 2-under par after the first seven holes. Prichett ended up with five bogeys on his last 11holes, but still finished with a solid 3-over par for the day. Prichett is 16-over par for the tournament, which puts him in a tie for 84th place.
Junior Brad Thornton finished Tuesday’s day of action with a 77, which was five stroke better than the 82 he shot on Monday. Thornton got off to a slow start as he was 4-over par after his first five holes. After Thornton bogeyed on hole No. 8 to go 5-over par, he recorded back-to-back birdies on hole 9 and hole 10. Thornton bogeyed on hole 13, 15 and 18 to finish the day with a 6-over par. Thornton is 89th place with a 17-over par for the tournament.
Junior Chad Cupples, who posted DSU’s best score on Monday with a 74, ended up shooting a 78 on Tuesday. Cupples either bogeyed or double bogeyed in each of his first five holes of the day for a 6-over par. Over the next 13 holes, Cupples recorded two birdies and went 1-over par the rest of the way to finish the day seven over. Cupples is still DSU’s leader after two days with a 10-over par, which is tied for 42nd overall.
Senior Cameron Thomas rounded out DSU’s production on Tuesday as he finished with an 81 for second consecutive day. Thomas shot a 43 on his first nine holes and a 38 on his last nine holes on Monday and Tuesday. Thomas began his first nine on hole No. 10 on Monday and his first nine on hole No. 1 on Tuesday. Thomas is 20-over par for the tournament after two rounds, which puts him in a tie for 99th place.
Nova Southeastern is in first place at 14-over par with a 582. Chico State (589, +21), CSU-Monterey Bay (592, +24), Central Missouri (594, +26), Barry (597, +29), Lynn (597, +29), Malone University (599, +31) and Indiana University of Pa. (600, +32) round out the top eight. DSU was 21 strokes behind IUPA heading into today’s round. If DSU finishes in eight place or better, the team will advance to match play on Thursday. Anything less than eight place, DSU will return home.
“We got off to such a bad start, and it’s hard to overcome it,” Dunning said. “We’ll come back tomorrow. It’s going to be hard to make up that many strokes, but you never know. We’ll come on back pretty good.”