Gents Lead Mid-Con Championships After Day One Action
Monday, April 19, 2004

Indianapolis, Ind.—In windy conditions on an already-tough course, the Centenary men’s golf team shot the best round of the day in the afternoon, shooting 301 to take a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the Mid-Con Golf Championships at The Fort Golf Club.

After shooting 312 (24-over-par) in the morning session, the Gents’ score of 13-over-par in the second round gave Centenary a cumulative score of 613, three strokes ahead of Western Illinois and UMKC. Oral Roberts, one of the favorites entering the tournament, struggled to a 317 in the early round, but came back with a 301 in the second round to finish the day five strokes behind the Gents.

After an opening-round 83, Brian Grone led the second-round charge with an even-par 72, the best individual round of the day, to finish day one in 11th place with 155 (+11). Brett Kaufman posted a solid 74 in round two, matching it with an opening-round 79 to post a score of 153 (+9), the same two-round score as freshman Bryan Elliott (77-76). Both players find themselves tied for sixth place heading into Tuesday’s third round.

David Viviano, despite struggling on the final two holes in both rounds, posted back-to-back scores of 79 for a two-round total of 158 (+14), good enough for a tie for 21st place. John Kizer followed a 77 with an 83 for a two-round total of 160 (+15), placing him in a tie for 26th place.

On the women’s side, Repsie Schirmer improved in the afternoon, lowering her score from an opening-round 92 to an 85 in the second round. Schirmer (177) finds herself in 19th place entering Tuesday’s final round.

If the Gents hold on to their lead after Tuesday morning’s final round, they will win Centenary’s first Mid-Continent Conference championship since the school entered the conference last fall. The Gents will also earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.