Men's Golf in 2nd Place at Sam Hall Intercollegiate
The Golden Eagles play the final round Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Freshman Walker Kesterson (Hartsburg, Mo.) shot a two-under 140 for a fifth-place tie while pacing Southern Miss to second-place after the opening day of the 15th annual Sam Hall Invitational Monday at the Hattiesburg Country Club.
At the par 71, 6,902-yard course, the Golden Eagles had four rounds of par or better over the first 36 holes of the event.
"I am real proud of the team," said Southern Miss coach Jerry Weeks. "They finished real strong during the morning round and got us in good position. We kind of got off to a slow start in the afternoon, but we held it together and put ourselves in a position for a chance to win the tournament tomorrow."
The Golden Eagles are eight strokes behind tournament leader ULM, who shot team rounds of 283 and 274 for a 557, to finish minus-11 for the day. Southern Miss put up team scores of 281 and 284 for a three-under par 565.
Kesterson put together rounds of 71 and 69 in his first two collegiate rounds to hold a four-way tie for fifth. Senior Ryan Argotsinger (Kansas City, Mo.) and sophomore Derick Kelting (Amarillo, Texas) ended the day with a 141 and in a ninth-place tie. The pair both fired an identical 69 and 72 in their respective rounds, while sophomore Willie Hammond (Southlake, Texas) added a 76 and a 71 for a 147 and a 38th-place tie, while junior Matt Codd (Red Deer, Alberta) put together rounds of 72 and 82 for a 154 and a 79th place showing.
Southern Miss also had four players who participated as individuals in the field including junior Nathan Corchis (Water Sound, Fla./T38, 74-73=147), sophomore Vasili Kartos (Birmingham, Ala./T68, 78-73=151), freshman Matt Lorenz (Gulf Shores, Ala./T74, 78-74=152) and sophomore Philip Heine (Madison, Miss./81-77=158).
Andoni Etchenique of ULM shot a nine-under 133 to lead the individual field by four strokes.
Following ULM and Southern Miss in the team standings were WKU (567), Rice (569), Louisiana-Lafayette (570), Mississippi State (572), Arkansas State (573), Georgetown and Little Rock (579), Sam Houston State (581), Southeastern Louisiana (582), UTSA (584), Central Arkansas (585), Texas State (593) and Samford (595).
The final round begins at 8 a.m., Tuesday with groups teeing off on both the No. 1 and No. 10 tees.