AKRON, Ohio - The Washington State University men's golf team sits in first place through two rounds of the Firestone Invitational presented by FirstEnergy Solutions at Firestone Country Club's North Course.
The Cougars carded a 580 (+4) on the day to finish eight strokes ahead of second place Kansas State (588, +12). Eastern Michigan and USC-Aiken (589, +13) are currently tied for third in the 17-team tournament.
“We are in a great position,” Cougar Head Coach Garrett Clegg said. “We had stretches where we played awesome, and we had stretches where we struggled. Charlie Mroz had a huge first round, and Bhurinat Songpaiboon and Sang Lee had outstanding afternoon rounds. Hopefully tomorrow we will have all five of our players play a little sharper and minimize our mistakes. It’s always fun to be in the hunt in the final round.”
Led by Mroz, the Cougars notched a first-round score of 289 (+1). Mroz carded a 69 (-3) in the wet conditions and is currently tied for 20th with a two-round score of 148 (+4). Songpaiboon and Lee carried the Cougars through the second round, shooting a 69 (-3) and 70 (-2), respectively. Songpaiboon is tied for fourth with a two-round score of 142 and sits two strokes back from first place. Lee is even with par (144) and is currently tied for eighth.
“I feel like I played solid today,” Lee said. “I’m looking forward to keep it going tomorrow. I have full confidence our team can win.”
Bhurinat reiterated the sentiment stating, “I drove the ball pretty well all day. I’ll do my best tomorrow and see how it turns out. I think our whole team will play better.”
Junior Michael Anderson carded a 150 (+6) on the day and is currently tied for 32nd. Senior Blake Snyder shot 7-over par (151), tying for 42nd place.
The third and final round will begin tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. EDT / 5:30 a.m. PDT.
Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com for the tournament's duration. Full tournament results and recap will be available at the conclusion of the tournament at wsucougars.com.