Abilene Intercollegiate men's golf tournament Freshman star shines for ACU

Sports Editor
, Abilene Reporter-News
March 7, 2000

BAIRD - If Shady Oaks Golf Course had a few more par-5 holes, there is no telling what Brian O'Leary might have shot Monday.

The Abilene Christian University freshman from Columbus played Shady Oaks' three par-5 holes in 5-under par during the first round of the Abilene Intercollegiate men's golf tournament. He made eagles at the fourth and 17th holes and added a birdie at the par-5 10th hole.

The rest of the round was a roller-coaster, however, for O'Leary, who was the first-round leader last summer in the American Junior Golf Association's Abilene Reporter-News Junior at Abilene Country Club. O'Leary finished with an even-par 70 and is tied with Hardin-Simmons University's Jason Darby for first place.

Darby, a senior from Wylie, had a much more consistent round, with just two birdies and two bogeys in the windy conditions.

O'Leary was three over at the turn, but posted an eagle, two birdies, five pars and just one bogey on the back nine.

"I was hitting the ball good," O'Leary said. "I struggled with my putting on the front nine, but it came around when I needed it to."

O'Leary's efforts helped ACU to a 296 total and a two-stroke advantage over Southwestern and Hardin-Simmons going into today's final 18-hole round. Howard Payne is tied for fourth and McMurry is in a tie for seventh in the 12-team field.

"I just want to keep the ball in the fairway Tuesday and hope my putter is as good as it was in the back side today," said O'Leary, who called Monday's 70 his second lowest round in six collegiate tournaments. "I'll try not to worry about being in the lead."

O'Leary said he made a 25-foot putt for eagle at the 509-yard No. 4 hole and a 5-footer for eagle at the 504-yard No. 17 hole. He also birdied the 198-yard, par-3 No. 13 hole.

The final round begins at 8:30 a.m. today at Shady Oaks.


Team standings - 1. Abilene Christian 296; 2. (tie) Southwestern and Hardin-Simmons 298; 4. (tie) St. Gregory's and Howard Payne 302; 6. ACU JV 303; 7. (tie) Cameron and McMurry 304; 9. (tie) Wayland Baptist, Southwestern Oklahoma and Austin College 313; 12. Western New Mexico 316

Individual leaders - 1. (tie) Jasn Darby, HSU, and Brian O'Leary, ACU, 70; 3. (tie) Mark Nelson, Wayland Baptist and Pat Potts, HSU, 71

ACU - Brian O'Leary 70; Trey Barnes 72; Carey Gentry 77; Ryan Krisko 77; Nathan Vore 77

Southwestern - Alex Shindeldecker 73; Trevor Pierce 74; Jeff Sutton 75; William Key 76; Bryan Gibbs 80

Hardin-Simmons - Jason Darby 70; Pat Potts 71; Ryan Fletcher 77; Dan Moates 80; Alan Kirby 81

St. Gregory's - Brian Sterkel 73; Brent Harless 75; Brandon Bruehl 76; Eric Collins 78; Steven Bruehl 79

Howard Payne - Tim Pavlas 72; Martin Zetterberg 73; Lee Valdez 78; Luke Watson 79; Brandon Barnett 80

ACU JV - Rustin Gradke 75; Chris Granger 76; Mitch Miller 76; Andrwe Wilmot 76; Justin Jarrett 82

Cameron - Junior Reyes 75; Donovan Graham 75; Kevlin Eurie 77; Zack Norrell 77; Michael Bartley 79

McMurry - Justin Erickson 72; Jarrod Morrison 75; Chance Finley 76; Jeramie Ellison 81; Reed williams 89

Wayland Baptist - Mark Nelson 71; Jarrod Henley 80; Jay McHugh 80; Josh Padgett 82; Brad Yowell 83

Southwestern Oklahoma - Greg Jones 76; Mike Bond 76; mike Bentley 78; Russell Smith 83; Josh Messenger 83

Austin College - Bobby Biltz 73; Dusty Jacobs 78; Nolen Moser 79; Trey Scott 83

Western New Mexico - Anders Magnusson 78; Ryan Rogers 79; Steve Lien 79; Graeme Edwards 80; Kris Holt 80

Other individuals - Luke Alverson, ACU JV, 77; Josh Duckworth, Cameron, 81; Matthew Dolan, McMurry 86; Eric Peoples, McMurry, 86

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