'Jacks Vault to Second at SLC Championships
April 22, 2014
McKINNEY, Texas – Behind a 5-over 293 in round two, Stephen F. Austin took advantage of Moving Day at the 2014 Southland Conference Championships. The ‘Jacks vaulted from a fourth-place tie after round one to second overall, sitting at 16-over 592 with 18 holes to play at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club.
Junior Bradley Phelps highlighted the day for SFA, firing a 2-under 70 thanks to birdies on 10, 12 and 13. Phelps now sits at 2-over 146 (76-70) through the opening two rounds, tied for seventh in the individual standings. He is joined in the tie by a familiar face as junior Blake Pugh posted his second-straight 1-over 73 round, including a 2-under 34 through the front nine, and is also sitting with a 2-over 146 after 36 holes.
Two other ‘Jacks are among the tournament’s top-15 as redshirt freshman Baxter Ward and sophomore Major Monzingo are tied for 15th at 6-over 150. The two flipped scores from round one as Ward carded a 4-over 76 in round two (74-76) while Monzingo shaved two shots off his opening round 76 (74-76). Sophomore Luke Sheehan improved by six shots from day one and is at 14-over 158 (82-76).
Entering the day tied for fourth overall with Abilene Christian, the ‘Jacks improved by six shots from their opening round 299. SFA was able to leapfrog both Southeastern Louisiana (19-over 595) and Central Arkansas (20-over 596), posting the third-lowest round of the day behind McNeese State’s 290 and Sam Houston State’s 292.
SFA still has some work to do heading into Wednesday’s final round as the ‘Jacks trail the rival Bearkats (6-over 582) by 10 shots. SFA holds a three-stroke lead on the third-place Lions and is four shots ahead of the fourth-place Bears. McNeese State (22-over 598) rounds out the top-five as SFA seeks its best Southland Conference finish since capturing the crown in 1999.
Wednesday’s final round gets underway beginning at 7:30 a.m. with SFA teaming up with Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana in the quest for the 2014 Southland Conference championship. The ‘Jacks begin teeing off with Sheehan at 9:30 a.m., leading up to Pugh teeing off with the final pairing at 10:02 a.m. Live scoring of the final round is available at GolfStat.com with full results posted at SFAJacks.com.