Monday was simply not a good day for playing golf in northeast Texas.
Nonetheless, the Cougars were forced to brave the gusty conditions after a two-hour rain delay for the second day of the Conference USA Championships at the Texarkana Country Club.
“It was very, very windy, and we had thunderstorms all around us,” head coach Jonathan Dismuke said in a release. “We were fortunate to get this round in.”
The Cougars shot a 297 in round two. After a day one finish of third place, the Cougars are now tied for fifth with UAB sharing a total score of 585. However, things could have been worse as UH was once tied for eighth place earlier in the day.
“We didn’t play our best today,” Dismuke said. “But we had a pretty decent finish, and that kept us in touch with the leaders. We will regroup and try to put a low one up Tuesday.”
Leading the Cougars is freshman Curtis Reed. He was tied for eighth place after Sunday, but leaped up two positions in the standings for sixth. He shot a 73 Monday and has a total score of 143 and finished one stroke over par.
“He should be in good shape for the tournament,” Dismuke said. “I am very proud of his playing through the first two rounds.”
Tulsa was in a tie for fourth place after the opening round, but the Golden Hurricane shot a 288 in the second to take the top spot with a team score of 577. The Memphis Tigers are in second place, they shot a 299 making the team score 580. Central Florida is in third place with a 582, and East Carolina is a spot ahead of the Cougars with a 584.
After owning the top spot Sunday, SMU fell all the way to ninth place. The Mustangs shot a 313, giving them a score of 591.
Memphis junior Jonathan Fly and Tulsa freshman John Young Kim are atop the leaderboard in the individual competition with overall scores of 140. Fly shot a 67 and 73, while Kim had a 72 and 68.
The Cougars will begin the last portion of the C-USA tournament today starting at 8 a.m.