App State Men’s Golf is in solid shape after completing 36 of 54 stroke play holes on a long opening day of the Sun Belt Championship tournament at Mystic Creek Golf Club in El Dorado, Arkansas.
With forecasts calling for rain Monday, 36 holes were played Sunday. The 54-hole stroke play portion of the event will conclude Tuesday, with the top four teams advancing to Wednesday’s match play. App State is currently sixth place in the 12-team field with a 36-hole total of 26 over (305-297—602), just two shots behind fourth-place Georgia State (24-over 600) and one shot behind fifth-place ULM (25-over 601).
Individually, Timothius Tirto Tamardi is tied for fourth place at 2 over (75-71—146) and Ryan Marter is tied for 10th at 4 over (76-72—148). Little Rock’s Anton Albers leads the field at 1 under (70-73—143), and two players have 1-over totals of 145.
App State players started their rounds on the back nine Sunday, and five birdies during a six-hole stretch from holes No. 15 through No. 2 put Tamardi in a first-place tie before he finished with a 1-under 71 that tied for the second-best Round 2 in the field. He is tied for No. 2 in the field with eight birdies through two rounds.
Marter closed his opening round by making an eagle on the par-4, 440-yard eighth hole, holing out from 155 yards with an 8-iron, and then circling the cup with a par putt that dropped on the ninth hole. He started his second round with back-to-back birdies, made the turn at 1 under for his round and totaled four birdies in his 72.
The average scores from the field were 77.23 in Round 1 and 75.48 in Round 2.
Lukas Jönsson and Justin Morgan contributed to App State’s team score in Round 1 with matching 77s. In Round 2, Morgan and Jake Lane had a pair of 77s to contribute to the team score.
Little Rock leads the team standings with a 6-over total of 582, two strokes ahead of reigning champion Georgia Southern (8-over 584).
When play resumes Tuesday, App State will be paired with Georgia State and ULM to put the teams in fourth, fifth and sixth together.