DALLAS – University of Houston sophomore George Gardner posted consecutive sub-par rounds to tie for 11th following the first 36 holes of the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Monday evening at Royal Oaks Country Club.
Gardner opened the tournament with a 69 in the morning round on the 7,068-yard, par-71 course and followed that with a 70 for a total of 3-under 139.
Starting his day on No. 17, the Southlake, Texas, native wasted little time in moving under par, sinking a birdie on the 512-yard, par-5 18th hole in each round. Despite a pair of bogeys midway through each round, Gardner used a kick at the end to finish strong.
In each round, he birdied two of his final three holes. Gardner posted back-to-back efforts on Nos. 14-15 in the First Round and enjoyed birdies on No. 14 and No. 16 in the afternoon session.
As a team, the Cougars were tied for 12th with Charlotte at 584 after firing a pair of 292s as team.
Host Baylor held the first-day lead at 22-under 546 to finish 13 strokes ahead of Arkansas. Liberty was in third at 560 with Minnesota and New Mexico tied for fourth at 561.
Individually, Baylor’s Cooper Dossey held the lead at 9-under 133 after posting a pair of rounds in the 60s Monday. Teammate Braden Bailey and Nick Carlson (Michigan) were tied for second at 136, while four players were tied for fourth at 137.
Senior and 2017 American Athletic Conference Championships medalist Michael Perras was tied for 36th at 143. The Deer Park, Texas, native fired a 69 in Monday’s morning round, thanks to five birdies.
Junior Matt Williams enjoyed an even-par 71 in the afternoon round with a pair of birdies and was tied for 45th at 145.
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The Cougars will tee off as a group together off No. 11 at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday
For the first time, the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate features a unique format with its lineup. Each team in the field will play together in their own group with their other team members. As a result, fans can watch all five Cougars compete in the same group each day.
In most college tournaments, teams compete in groups of three or four with one student-athlete from each team playing with one representative from the other teams.
Following the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, the Cougars close out their fall season with a trip west when they compete at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic on Oct. 23-24 at Ka’anapali Golf Club in Lahaina, Maui, Hawai’i.
From there, the Cougars will take a break before opening the spring season at their own All-American Intercollegiate on Feb. 16-18, 2018, at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas.
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