LUFKIN — The No. 2 ranked UT Tyler men’s golf team shot out to a 29-stroke lead after the first day of the American Southwest Conference Championships at Crown Colony Country Club on Monday.

Mary Hardin-Baylor is in second-place after day one.

The Patriot women are in third place.

The men played 36 holes on Monday, while the women played 18. Both teams will play 18 holes today.

Men

UT Tyler senior Jacob Walsh, last year’s individual champion, shot a 71 in the first round and a 75 in the second, good enough for the first-day individual lead.

Teammate John Dukes is two strokes behind Walsh after firing consecutive rounds of 74. Trent Boudoin is third at 150 (77-73). All five Patriot golfers in the top 10 as Matt Stephens (83-73—156) and Joey Rippel (78-78—156) are tied for ninth.

As a team the Patriots carded a 595 (300-295). UMHB finished the first day in second place, shooting a combined 624, while LeTourneau (630), Texas-Dallas (632) and Schreiner University (637) round out the top-five in team competition.

UT Tyler will try and hang on to capture it’s second ASC championship, beginning at 8:30 a.m. today.

Women

The Patriots shot a combined 361.

Senior Katie Crawford led the Patriots with an 83, followed by teammates Danica Weddle and Jordan Sloane who shot 87 and 90 respectively.

Mary Hardin-Baylor currently leads the tournament after shooting a combined 340 on the first day, while Schreiner University sits in second-place after shooting a 352.

The women’s final round will take place today, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The winners of the tournament advance to the the NCAA Division III Tournament later this year.

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