Jaguars make the cut at first national tournament

The Jaguars have a two-day 600 score after posting an opening round 307 on Tuesday.

SILVIS, Ill. – The University of Houston-Victoria men’s golf team came out firing Wednesday and survived cut day at the 69th annual NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship at TPC Deere Run.

Starting the day on the back nine, the Jaguars made the turn at four-under-par before going on to shoot a 293 to finish tied for eighth with Kansas Wesleyan and Oklahoma City, well ahead of the 17-team cut limit after 36 holes.

The Jaguars have a two-day 600 score after posting an opening round 307 on Tuesday. Kansas Wesleyan is in with a 305-295, while Oklahoma City is in with a 303-297.

While the Jaguars struggled on holes 1 and 18 on Tuesday, they found the right shots on Tuesday. After playing the two holes at 11 over par in the opening round, the Jaguars cut nine shots off their total on the two holes Tuesday to help lead to their 293 score.

Jacob Flores got off to the hottest start of the day playing the back nine at four-under par 32, only to struggle coming in on the front nine with a 42 to finish at 3-over-par 74. Max Schliesing also played the back nine with a 1-under-par 35 and finished with a 74 as well.

The two most consistent golfers for the Jaguars were Will Paton and Benjamin Lake. Paton turned in his second straight 73 to stand at 146 after two rounds and is tied for 19th. Using a pair of 36s, Lake posted the best round of the day with a 1-over-par 72 and is in with a two-day 150.

Jaxon Langford added a 78 for the Jaguars with a pair of 39s.

Texas Wesleyan holds the 36-hole lead after posting a second round 282 for a 579 team score. Keiser (Fla.) and Point University share second place at 582 as Keiser carded a second round 290 and Point a 292.

Dalton State is fourth with a 590 after a second round 288, while Bellevue (Neb.) holds down the fifth spot with a 591 after posting a second round 293.

William Woods’ Logan Smith holds the 36-hole individual lead with a 6-under-par 134 after posting rounds of 69-65-134. Corey Matthey of Morningside College is in second three shots back at 3-under-par 137 with rounds of 69-68.

Action in the tournament continues Thursday and Friday with the final two rounds of the 72-hole event.