Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications
James Swash and Thomas Henson finished day one of the Border Olympics in the top 15, helping Louisiana Tech close out 36 holes in fifth place on Monday at the Laredo Country Club in Texas.
LA Tech sat in seventh in the standings after shooting 292 (+4) in round one. The Bulldogs moved up a couple of spots after carding a 294 (+6) in round two with 18 holes to go in the 17-team event.
Starting on the back half of the front nine, the ‘Dogs got off to a scorching start. No one was hotter than James Swash who birdied four of his first eight holes, including three consecutive on No. 13, No. 14, and No. 15. He would finish round one with a team-best 71 (-1).
The rest of the team was not far off the pace as Hunter Battles (73), Will Patrick (74), and Lake Juban (74) were near Even par for the round.
Thomas Henson overcame two double bogeys in round one to finish with a 75 (+3). Those big numbers disappeared in round two as Henson registered three birdies and only one bogey to score a team-best 70 (-2), putting him in a tie for 14th individually.
One stroke ahead of him is Swash who combined his 71 with a 73 in the second round, putting him in a tie for seventh at Even par.
Battles is in a tie for 27th (73-74=+3) while Juban (74-77=+7) and Patrick (74-77=+7) are in a tie for 49th.
While LA Tech completed its 36 holes, five teams still have at least one hole left after play was suspended due to darkness. LA Tech, who is seven strokes back of second place, currently trails only Baylor, Coastal Carolina, Houston, and Sam Houston.
- LA Tech totaled 116 pars on Monday, tied the most of any team in the event.
- The Bulldogs averaged a score of 4.04 on the par fours, the third best in the tournament.
- James Swash shot his sixth round of Even par or better this season, the most of any Bulldog.He has now carded a 72 or better in at least one round of five tournaments (out of six).
- Thomas Henson shot his fifth round of Even par or better this season.
- Hunter Battles tied for the best scoring on par threes, averaging 2.75 (-2).
- Lake Juban made seven birdies through the first two rounds, the most of any Bulldog.