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April 19, 2011

Broncho golf still leading at LSC

SAN ANTONIO — No. 4-ranked Central Oklahoma saw its lead dwindle, but the Bronchos are still in the lead after two rounds of the Lone Star Conference Men’s Golf Championship.

UCO struggled down the stretch in shooting a second-round 296 at the 7,172-yard, par-72 Randolph Oaks Golf Club Tuesday and is at 580 heading into Wednesday’s final round. Defending champion and No. 7 Abilene Christian had a 286 to trim the Bronchos’ 12-shot lead to two.

Cameron is third in the 11-team field with a 587 total, followed by Texas A&M-Commerce (597) and Northeastern State (600).

“We didn’t play very well today and made way too many careless mistakes, but we’re still in good position and everybody’s chasing us,” UCO coach Dax Johnston said. “We have to come out aggressive tomorrow and play like we have all year. One of our top goals this year was to win the conference championship and we want to finish it off.”

The Bronchos, seeking their first league crown since 2003, are playing in their final LSC Tournament. UCO will compete as NCAA Division II independents in all sports next year before joining the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 2012-13.

Colby Shrum and Baer Aneshansley led the Bronchos with even-par 72s. Andrew Green and Josh Creel stumbled down the stretch in shooting identical 76s and Chris Muriana had a 77.

Shrum, the 2009 league champion who led after Monday’s opening-round 67, fell to second in the individual standings at five-under 139. He trails NSU’s Casey Nelson by one stroke.

The two-time All-American birdied Nos. 1 and 5 in shooting a two-under 34 on the front nine and he got to three-under after following a bogey on No. 10 with an eagle on the par-5 11th. But Shrum gave all three strokes back, double bogeying No. 12 and bogeying No. 16.

Aneshansley was one-under through eight holes before bogeying the par-4 ninth in making the turn at even-par 36 and he promptly eagled the par-5 10th to get to two-under. Three bogeys in a four-hole stretch dropped the Clinton junior to one over, but he birdied No. 17 to get back to even-par for the day.

Creel had a front-nine 36 and was still even-par through 13 holes before making two double bogeys the rest of the way in shooting a closing 40. Green turned at one-over 37 and then had two of his three back-nine bogeys on the last three holes.

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