Gents In Second Place After First Day of Hal Sutton Intercollegiate
Monday, April 5, 2004



BOSSIER CITY, La. — Using home course knowledge to their advantage, the Centenary Gents placed four golfers in the top 20 to take second place after two rounds of the Hal Sutton Collegiate Invitational Monday at the Golf Club at StoneBridge.

The Gents shot 298 in the first round Monday morning, four strokes behind Sam Houston State heading into the second 18 holes. A combination of solid golf by the Bearkats and a couple of tough holes for the Gents led to a 303 from Centenary in the second round, who fell 15 strokes behind Sam Houston State (292 in second round, best team round of the day) heading into the final round.

Brett Kaufman was one of the consistent forces for the Gents all day, shooting 74-75 to place in a tie for ninth with a 149. David Viviano (76-74) and Bryan Elliott (75-75) also had few problems with the StoneBridge course, finishing day one in a tie for 12th place with a 150.

Brian Grone started the day well, shooting Centenary’s best round of the day with a 73 in the morning 18 holes. However, he struggled in the second round, shooting 79 to find himself in a tie for 20th place with a 152. Ryan Oliver shot 81 in each round for a two-round score of 162, good enough for a tie for 45th place, while John Kizer improved seven strokes from round one to round two, shooting 86-79 to find himself in a tie for 50th place with a 165.

The round of the day was turned in by Rudy Celedon of Texas-Pan American, who followed a 74 with a four-under-par 68 to grab a share of the lead after the first day. Jeremy Dean of Sam Houston State shot a first-round best 69, but followed that with a 73 to fall into the first-place tie with Celedon, both posting scores of two-under-par 142.

The leaders are followed closely by Louisiana Tech’s Derek Busby, who was the most consistent golfer of the day, shooting 71-72 to finish at 143. David Ward of Sam Houston State is fourth with a 145 (72-73), and Tommy Jensen of Birmingham-Southern and Steve Luminais of Nicholls State are tied for fifth with a score of 146.

Centenary has major competition to hold on to the second spot in the team standings, as Louisiana Tech (604) is three strokes behind in third place. Newman University and McNeese State are tied for fourth with scores of 605, followed by Texas-Pan American (611), Jackson State (612), Nicholls State (621), and Birmingham-Southern’s two teams (633 & 636).

The tournament concludes Tuesday morning with one 18-hole round. Teams will tee off from the first and tenth tees beginning at 8 a.m.