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In The Hunt
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 09/30/2013
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. --- After two rounds of play, California Baptist University sits in fourth place at the Western New Mexico Intercollegiate.

The Lancers put two players in the Top 10 to sit just 10 strokes out of the top spot in the 20 team field. CBU shot a 577 (285-292) on day one.

"I thought we played some superb, smart golf in the opening round,” said CBU Head Coach John Hackney. “To shoot three-under as a team in our first tournament round of the year was excellent, and we are right in the hunt after carding a four-over in the second round. Overall, I thought our iron play was great, which gave us a lot of birdie opportunities. We converted quite a few, but we left a lot of them out there as well, which is why we feel good about making a run at the title tomorrow.”

Stephen Watson led the way for the Lancers with a pair of 70’s on the day to sit in fifth place individually. Glenn Hakes posted a 142 (68-74) to position himself in a tie for eighth.

“Glenn and Stephen came out on fire and stayed there for much of the day,” said Hackney. “They showed great leadership with rounds of 68 and 70 in the first round. Neil Hand also had 10 birdies on the day and for 36 holes was firing bullets with his irons.”

Hand posted a 144 (74-70) on the day, dropping four strokes in his second round with a two-under 70. Micah Machado posted a 151 (73-78) and Fredrik Hansson shot a 155 (76-79).

“I am very proud of the guys,” said Hackney. “They have put in a lot of hard work in the preseason and it is paying off. Oklahoma Christian is very talented and Western New Mexico is the host school, but we can catch them. Our goals are to keep the ball in play off the tee and cash in on the up-close birdie chances. If we do that, we've got a shot to grab the trophy."

Oklahoma Christian leads the field after a 567 (282-285) and WMNU sits in second at 571 (288-283). Colorado Christian sits a stroke in front of the Lancers after shooting a 290 and 286 on the first day.

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