GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Dixie State’s men’s golf team stands in a two-way tie for third place after the first 36 holes of play at the Western New Mexico Mustang Intercollegiate played on Monday at the Palm Valley Golf Club.
The Trailblazers (281-280) posted consecutive under-par rounds for the first time this season as DSU opened with a 7-under 281 before bettering that by one shot with an 8-under 280 to join Western Washington (281-280) at minus-15 561. Colorado School of Mines (276-279) sits atop the team leaderboard at minus-21 555, two strokes clear of second-place Chico State (278-279-557, -19).
Two Dixie State players are in the top 15 on the player leaderboard through two rounds, led by sophomore Spencer Wallace and freshman Triston Gardner in t-11th place at minus-5 139. Wallace began the day with an even-par 72 with four birdies, then followed that up by tying his career-low round with a 5-under 67 with six birdies on his second loop, including playing his back nine at 4-under par.
Gardner rolled in four birdies in round one on his way to a 1-under 71, and penciled in five birdies and 12 pars on his second round scorecard to record a career-best 4-under 68. Freshman Noah Schone also posted a pair of sub-par rounds on Monday with a 1-under 71 and 2-under 70 with seven combined birdies on the day to join six other golfers in t-24th at minus-3 141.Comment on this story
Sophomore Brock Nielson tied Wallace for DSU’s low round of the day with an opening 5-under 67 with six birdies, and followed that up with a 3-over 75 in round two to stand tied for 31st at minus-2 142. Meanwhile senior Nicklaus Britt opened with a 2-over 74 with four birdies, then collected two more birdies and DSU’s lone eagle of the day as part of a 3-over 75 to finish the first day tied for 86th at plus-5 149.
Dixie State will look to make a run at its first team win of the year in Tuesday's final round, which begins at 8 a.m. MT.