Raiders vault to 1st with C-USA record setting round –


TEXARKANA, Ark. – Middle Tennessee Men’s Golf needed a strong round to put them back into the mix for a Top 4 spot in the Conference USA Championship, and delivered exactly that and then some in the second round of stroke play on Tuesday.
The Blue Raiders posted a round of 13-under par 275 – the lowest round ever recorded in Conference USA Championship history – to move from 10th place all the way to the top of the leaderboard by the end of the day.
The Blue Raiders are now three strokes clear of the current cut line to make match play semifinals with 18 holes of stroke play still to play on Wednesday.
“What a day for this program,” Head Coach Mark McEntire exclaimed. “I’m really proud of the way our guys responded today to put us back in a good position to hopefully advance to match play.”
The true freshmen were incredible for the Blue Raiders on Tuesday, highlighted by a bogey-free 7-under par 65 by Kevin Jegers that ranks as the third best round in Blue Raider history and also in Conference USA Championship history.
It matches the MT freshman record that was originally set by classmate Owen Stamper on March 2 at the Southern Invitational and vaulted Jegers into a tie for seventh in the championship at 3-under par (76-65=141).
Stamper was nearly as impressive in round two at Texarkana Country Club, using a tournament best eight birdies to card a 5-under par 67 and move into a share of 11th at 2-under par (75-67=142).
Senior Tanner Owens continues to lead the bunch with a highly impressive week, following up a 2-under par 70 on Monday with a 3-under par 69 on Tuesday to sit tied for third at 5-under par and is two strokes off the pace set by Old Dominion’s Gustav Fransson (-7).
Connor McKay had a bit of an up-and-down day, but helped spark MT’s hottest stretch of the day with an eagle on the Par 5 16th hole on the way to a round of 2-over par 74.
Michael Barnard improved from round one as well, but still hasn’t performed at his best as he turned in a 4-over par 76 on Tuesday.
“We needed to make a move today and we got some incredible rounds from Kevin Jegers and Owen Stamper to do just that,” McEntire added. “Tanner gave us another solid round as well and is having a really strong week.”
Head Coach Mark McEntire and his bunch now need one more solid round to stay in the Top 4 as UTSA (-3), Charlotte (-3), North Texas (-2) and UAB (-1) are all hot on their heels with Southern Miss (+1), LA Tech (+3) and Old Dominion (+3) still hoping for some heroics of their own.
“We need one more good round tomorrow to reach our initial goal of finishing in the Top 4 and moving on to match play,” McEntire concluded.
MT tees off in the final round of stroke play at 9:20 a.m. on the first tee box. Should MT make the match play semifinals, they will begin Wednesday afternoon due to Thursday’s weather forecast.

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