Sept. 17, 2007
Lawrence, Kan. - Senior Jordan Irwin and junior Ben Moser each fired a two-under par 70 in the second round of the Kansas Invitational to help the University of Houston men's golf team climb into a three-way tie for third place at the Kansas Invitational.
Houston began the second round tied for 11th place after the first 18 holes with a team score of 16-over-par 304. But Irwin, Moser and junior Steven Frazier helped Houston rally and move up eight spots in the second round.
Irwin ended Monday as the individual leader at the tournament after posting an even-par-score of 144 through the first two rounds on the par-72, 7,692-yard course at the Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kan.
He opened the tournament with a two-over par score of 74 in the first round Monday morning before coming back with his two-under par score 70 in the second round. His 70 equals his best round this season after he also shot two-under-par in the second round of the St. Mary's Invitational last week.
Last season, Irwin finished as the runner-up at the Kansas Invitational after shooting a three-round score of five-under par. He went on to win two tournaments and posted three other top five finishes en route to earning All-Conference USA First-Team and All-Regional honors.
Irwin enters Tuesday's final round with a one shot lead over Will Shambley of North Carolina-Wilmington, Luke Joy of Drake and Nate Barbee of Kansas.
Moser's second-round two-under par score moved him into a five-way tie for fifth place with a two-round score of two-over-par 146. He began the day with a four-over-par 76 in the first round before bouncing back with his best 18-hole score of the season in the second. His previous best score this year was 75 in the first and third rounds at the St. Mary's Invitational.
Moser is tied with Walt Koebel of Kansas, Austin Hannah of Oral Roberts, Mike Coatman of Nebraska and Kyle Smell of Kansas State.
Houston junior Steven Frazier also fired a one-over-par 73 in the second round of the tournament and ended the first day tied for 39th place at 152 through the first two rounds. Jackie Lindsey fired a seven-over-par 79 in the second round after posting Houston's second best score in the first round with a three-over-par 75. Junior college transfer Brady Shivers both shot seven over par in both rounds of the tournament.
Freshman Jeff Eggen played as an individual and shot a one-over par 73 in the opening round before finishing the day with a 12-over-par score of 156.
Houston enters Tuesday's final round tied with Oral Roberts and UNC-Wilmington for third place with combined team scores of eight-over-par 596 through the first two rounds. Those three teams are six strokes back of the host school Kansas, who leads the tournament with a two-round score of two-over-par 590 on its home course. Kansas State is in second place after posting a two-round team score of 595.
The Kansas Invitational concludes with 18 holes being played on Tuesday morning.