From Southland Conference:
FRISCO, Texas -Central Arkansas leads the 2013 Southland Conference Men's Golf Championship by two strokes after the opening round Monday at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club.
The Bears combined to shoot an 11-over par 299 through the first 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament which continues Tuesday before concluding Wednesday on the par-72, 7,346-yard Pete Dye Signature Course.
UCA freshman James Newton, who recorded five birdies and an eagle, shot a 2-under 70 to lead all players on the opening day. He was the only golfer to finish the day in red figures. Senior teammate Austen Moix and sophomore Pep Angles are two other Bears who finished the day in the top 10. Moix, who is in a tie for third, shot a 2-over par 74 while Angles carded a 4-over par 76 to finish in a tie for sixth. Freshman Jacob Oaks completed the UCA scoring on the day with a 7-over par 79, placing him in a four-way tie for 20th.
Southeastern Louisiana is only two shots off the lead as the Lions seek out their fourth conference title and first since 2010. Southeastern shot a 301 behind the play of senior Rhys West, who recorded the second-best score on the day with a 1-over par 73. The Lions are six shots ahead of third-place Lamar (307). Stephen F. Austin is fourth (313), while Oral Roberts is fifth (317) and Sam Houston State is sixth (319). Only 20 strokes separate the top six teams in the tournament.
Nicholls State is seventh (322) followed by McNeese State (325) to complete the eight-team field. Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi do not sponsor men's golf.
UCA is searching for its first Southland men's golf championship while defending champion Lamar is hoping to claim its league-best 25th Southland title.
Play resumes at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The top two teams, Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana, will be paired together for the second consecutive day. The two teams will tee off between 8:40 a.m. and 9:12 a.m.