PUEBLO, Colo.(September 5, 2016) – Behind senior Jake Ice's impressive debut, Colorado State University Pueblo Men's Golf leads the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational after one day of competition at Walking Stick Golf Course.
Ice (Tucson, Ariz.) bested the 51 golfer field after 36 holes. In his first tournament with the Pack, Ice stands -3 (141) after one day of competition.
The ThunderWolves hold a four stroke on the edge on the rest of the eight team field. As a team CSU-Pueblo shot+3 (579). The Pack's 287 second round stands as the second-best team score of the day.
Ice led after the first round with a score of -1 (71). He stood tied Fort Lewis' Matt Huntley. He pulled away in the second round with a -2 (70) to carry a one stroke advantage over Huntley into day two.
After finishing second at the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational a year ago, Neil Tillman (Jr., Arvada, Colo.) also sits one stroke back of the lead after the first day of competition with a -2 (142). Tillman carded a par of 72 on his first 18 and finished his day with a -2 (70).
Playing his first collegiate round of golf, freshman Austin Burgess (Colorado Springs, Colo.) shot a 72 for even par. Burgess entered the second round in a tie for third place. He finished the day +4 (148) and stands in 15th place.
Competing as an individual GJ Kuhn (Sr., Ayr, Ontario, Canada) ranks eighth with a +1 (145). Kuhn shot an even par, 72, in his second round after a +1 (73) morning. He will tee off four strokes behind Ice.
Pueblo South alum, Chase Federico (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.) ranks in the top 20 after day one in his first collegiate tournament. He stands at +7 (151).
CSU-Pueblo held a two stroke lead after round one. The Pack shot a 292 (+4), leading Dodge City Community College's 294 (+6) and Fort Lewis College's 295 (+7). The Pack padded their lead to four with a 287 (-1) in their second round. New Mexico Junior College shot a 286 (-2) to climb into second place.
The Pack are one of five teams that have a team score under 600 after one day. Only 13 shots separate first and 15th place.
Ice and the Pack will try to carry their momentum into the final day of the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational. Golfers will tee off at 8:30 a.m. to play another 18 holes to decide the winne at Walking Stick Golf Course
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.