IRVING, Texas – Dixie State’s men’s golf team is the clubhouse leader through the first 36 holes of play at the Dallas Baptist Patriot Classic on Monday at the Hackberry Creek Country Club.
The Trailblazers (299-295) finished their opening loop in a three-way tie for third, but combined to improve by four shots on their afternoon round to finish with a two-round total of plus-18 594. DSU ended the day with a two-stroke lead over both Colorado-Colorado Springs (298-298-596, +20) and Central Missouri (293-303-596, +20), while the Blazers are five shots clear of Oklahoma Christian (302-297-599, +23) and St. Edward’s (299-300-599, +23) in t-fourth place.
Three Dixie State players are in the top 10 on the leaderboard through two rounds, led by sophomore Spencer Wallace and freshman Triston Gardner in t-sixth place at 3-over 147. Wallace bounced back from an opening 6-over 78 with a team-low 3-under 69 in his second loop, which included five birdies and two bogeys on his card.
Meanwhile, Gardner penciled in three birdies and an eagle as part of an opening even par 72 and carded four more birdies in round two on his way to a 3-over 75. In addition, senior Nicklaus Britt wound up in a group of eight golfers tied for 10th at 4-over 148 after an opening 1-over 73 with four birdies and an eagle, followed by a 3-over 75 with a pair of birdies in his second round.
Freshman Noah Schone finished day one in a pack of seven golfers tied for 25th at plus-8 152 after firing matching 4-over 76s with seven combined birdies, and sophomore Brock Nielson (78-79) is tied for 54th at plus-13 157.
Dixie State will look to clinch its first team victory of the season in Tuesday’s final round, which will tee off at 8:30 a.m. CT.