MCKINNEY, Texas — The University of Central Arkansas’ Pep Angles is the individual first-round leader after Monday’s play in the Southland Conference men’s golf tournament.
Angles, who leads all individuals with a 4-under par 68, had five birdies and one bogey on the day and finished his round by notching birdies on the 16th and 18th holes.
Sam Houston State leads the team competition. The Bearkats combined to shoot a 2-over par 290 through the first 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament, which continues Tuesday before concluding Wednesday at the 7,346-yard, par-72 course at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club.
Sam Houston was led by junior Zach Cabra and senior Albert Miner. Cabra carded a 3-under par 69 to finish the round in second place, while Miner is tied for third at 1-under par 71. Cabra birdied seven holes, including four of the last six to shoot a 4-under par 32 on the back nine.
Four strokes separate second and fifth place. Central Arkansas sits in second place at 8-over par 296. Defending champion Southeastern Louisiana is currently in third with a 9-over par 297, followed by Stephen F. Austin at 11-over par 299 and Lamar at 12-over par 300.
Houston Baptist is sixth with a 17-over par 305, followed by McNeese State (308), Oral Roberts (311), Nicholls (317) and New Orleans (321). Abilene Christian and UIW are not eligible to earn the league’s automatic bid during their transition periods from Division-II to Division-I and are participating unattached. As a team, the Wildcats shot an 11-over par 299, while the Cardinals shot an 18-over par 306.
Sam Houston is in search of its third Southland championship and first since 1994, while UCA is looking for its first title, and Southeastern Louisiana is hoping to defend its title and claim its fifth overall. Lamar leads all league members with 24 men’s golf titles.
Play resumes Tuesday with teams teeing off at 8 a.m.
Oklahoma-Wesleyan solidified itself in first play on the Mid-America Athletic Conference baseball race over the weekend, sweeping a four-game series against Central Baptist College at Victory Field at Conway Christian.
Oklahoma-Wesleyan won the first game Friday, 3-1, on a six-hitter by Diego Ibarra. Brady Brashier was 2-for-4 for the Mustangs with a home run and a run scored.
Ross Westbrook allowed two earned runs and 10 hits for CBC.
In the second game Friday, six Eagle hitters combined for 14 hits and 11 RBIs in a 20-5 victory.
In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Oklahoma Wesleyan rallied for two runs in the ninth for a 7-5 victory.
Brashier got on base three times, scoring two runs and had two RBIs. He homered in the first inning.
In the nightcap, the Eagles won, 17-8, in seven innings.
Juan Berumen recorded the win for the Eagles, even though he allowed six runs over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked three and surrendered three hits.
Seven Oklahoma-Wesleyan hitters combined for 14 hits, 14 RBIs and 12 runs.
Westbrook was 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs. Sam Buczek was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.