FIRST TWO ROUNDS COMPLETE AT RYAN PALMER INVITATIONAL
2012 Ryan Palmer Invitational • Rounds One and Two
Location: Tascosa Country Club • Amarillo, Texas
Result: A&M-Commerce is ninth out of 17 teams (15-over 583)
Top Performer: C.J. Clem tied for 11th individually (Even-par 142)
Up Next: Final Round • Tuesday, October 9 • 9 a.m.
AMARILLO, Texas – Behind an even-par 142 by C.J. Clem, A&M-Commerce posted a 15-over 583 through the first two rounds of the Ryan Palmer Invitational, good enough to sit ninth out of 17 teams.
Playing in its fourth tournament in four weeks, A&M-Commerce opened up the 54-hole tournament with a 10-over 294 in round one, settling for a tie for eighth-place after the opening 18 holes. The Lions turned around and shaved five strokes off their round two total, shooting a 5-over 289, but still slid back one spot following low rounds from a number of teams as well.
Low scores were the story of the day Monday as Clem currently sits tied for 11th overall with the even-par 142, despite shooting a 2-under 69 in round two to set a new personal-low. He leads teammate Patrick Russo by two shots after Russo rebounded from a 5-over 76 to post a season-best 3-under 68 in round two, sitting tied for 20th with a 2-over 144.
Kason Childress registered a 3-over 145 over the opening two rounds and is tied for 25th overall, sitting third on the A&M-Commerce scorecard. Cade Grimm shot a 12-over 154 with Seth Maxwell posting a 16-over 158 through the opening 36 holes.
A&M-Commerce enters Tuesday's final round seeking its second top-five finish of the year, but will have a bit of work to do. The Lions are three shots back of both Cameron and Midwestern State (12-over 580), who are tied for seventh, seven strokes behind sixth-place Colorado Springs (8-over 576) and eight shots back of fifth-place Abilene Christian (7-over 575).
Colorado State-Pueblo is the leader in the clubhouse after the opening two rounds, posting a 1-over 569 but holding a slim one-shot advantage over both St. Mary's and St. Edward's (2-over 570) with 18 holes left to play. Colorado School of Mines (4-over 572) also remains in the hunt, leading the fifth-place Wildcats by three shots.
Tuesday's final round gets underway at 9 a.m. at Tascosa Country Club as A&M-Commerce will be teamed up with Lone Star Conference rivals Cameron and Midwestern State in the final round pairings. Results will be posted at LionAthletics.com as they become available.
2012 Ryan Palmer Invitational Rounds One and Two Results
|T-11th||C.J. Clem||73-69=142 (E)|
|T-20th||Patrick Russo||76-68=144 (+2)|
|T-25th||Kason Childress||72-73=145 (+3)|
|T-69th||Cade Grimm||75-79=154 (+12)|
|T-76th||Brent Reagan||74-83=157 (+15)|
|T-79th||Seth Maxwell||74-84=158 (+16)|
Players in italics competed as individuals