ATU Remains Inside Cut Line in Muscle Shoals

Arkansas Tech University posted a second-round team score of 293 at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships on Tuesday and is in sole possession of seventh place with one round of stroke play remaining.

The top eight teams at the conclusion of the stroke play portion of the event on Wednesday will advance to match play beginning Thursday morning. The national semifinals will be played on Thursday afternoon, and the two remaining teams will compete for the national championship on Friday.

The Wonder Boys’ 36-hole team total is 577 over the 7,407-yard, par-72 layout at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals Fighting Joe Course in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Two institutions that once shared membership with Arkansas Tech in the Gulf South Conference — Lincoln Memorial University and Delta State University — are next. LMU is in eighth place at 582, while the DSU Statesmen are outside the cut line in ninth place with a two-round score of 588.

The Wonder Boys, Railsplitters and Statesmen will be paired together on Wednesday with tee times ranging from noon to 12:44 p.m.

Tech is attempting to reach the match play portion of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships for a second consecutive year. The Wonder Boys had their best-ever showing in the event in 2017 by reaching the national semifinals.

Austin Gean is ATU’s top individual performer through 36 holes. He has posted rounds of 72-71 for a 1-under par total of 143 and a share of 20th place in the individual standings.

Putter Srinoon (T-31st, 68-77-145), Kellen Gray (T-35th, 75-71-146), Luke Cornett (T-44th, 73-74-147) and Shawn Tsai (T-65th, 71-80-151) are also contributing to the Wonder Boys’ efforts in Muscle Shoals.

Barry University is in first place in the team standings with a team score of 18-under par 558. Barry’s Jorge Garcia fired a 9-under round of 63 on Tuesday to move into first place in the individual standings at 11-under 133.

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