EDWARDSVILLE – SIUE men's golf is eight strokes off the lead, in fourth place, after the first two rounds at the Derek Dolenc Invitational presented by DoubleTree. The season-opening tournament, hosted by SIUE, is being played at Sunset Hills Country Club.
The Cougars tied for the best second round, and the second-lowest round of the day, with a 292 in the second round. SIUE has a combined 593 after two rounds. Oral Roberts leads the team competition with a 585. Missouri State has a 589 and South Dakota has a 592.
Freshman Brady Dixon paced the Cougars over the first two rounds. Dixon, playing in his first collegiate tournament, carded rounds of 74-70, and is tied for sixth of 87 total golfers. Defending medalist Mitchell Homb is tied for 17th with a combined 149. Taylor White and Danny Gorman each have a combined 152 and are tied for 42nd place. Dalton Charboneau is tied for 57th.
Oral Roberts' Scott Newell, Missouri State's Mark Karlsen and South Dakota's Samuel Matthew all shot a combined 141 to tie for first place after two rounds.
SIUE also has four individuals playing, two of which appear among the top 15. Colin McCarty, who missed all of 2013-14 due to injury, is tied for 11th with a combined 147. Freshman Parker Lawrence has a 148 and is tied for 14th place. Fellow freshmen Spencer Underwood (163) and Austin Glendinning (166) are 83rd and 86th, respectively.
The final 18-hole round gets under way Tuesday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.