LITTLE ROCK, Ark. North Texas sophomore Austin Welch blistered the course in the first two-rounds of the UALR/First Tee Collegiate with back-to-back rounds of 2-under par 70 and leads the field heading into the final round. Welch tied his career-low round with a 70 and is four-under par after the first day at 140, one shot ahead of Houston’s Ricky Romono.
Senior Andreas Kali shot a career-low round of 5-under par 67 in the second round and is just two-shots behind Welch with an opening day total of 142. Kali’s round was the best of the tournament after the first two-rounds.
North Texas as a team is alone in third place, just four shots off the lead after tying their season-low round of 2-under par 286 in the second round. The Mean Green is at 586 after the first day, four shots behind leaders UTA and Lamar who pace the field of 15 teams.
“I’m very pleased with the way that we came out and played today,” said North Texas head coach Jim Bob Jackson. “Austin had a great day and I’m really excited about tomorrow. Andreas also had a great second round. We were able to put it together today and we just need to continue the momentum tomorrow”.
Sophomore Anthony Broussard posted a 1-under par 71 in the second round and is tied for 24th after a two-round score of 150.
Raul Lemus fired an opening round 76 and a second round score of 78 to total 154 after the first day. Freshman Harris Graham shot an 84 in the first round and rebounded with a second round of 80.
The final round of the UALR/First Tee Collegiate begins tomorrow at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.