SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. - Senior Nicklaus Benton and sophomore Alfred Kerstis are both under par after 36 holes at the Louisville Cardinal Intercollegiate, helping the UALR men's golf team sit fifth after two rounds at the 15-team event. Benton fired a 69 in the opening round and currently sits fourth at four-under par 140 (69-71), with Kerstis tied for ninth place at two-under par 142 (73-69).
The Trojans won the weather-shortened 2011 Cardinal Intercollegiate with Benton claiming medalist honors with a seven-under par 137 total. He enters the final round of this year's event three shots back of Bowling Green's Wes Gates, who carded a 67 in the second round at the par-72 7,036-yard Cardinal Club and leads all players at seven-under par 137 (70-67). Austin Peay's Dustin Korte (70-69) and Northern Kentucky's Jones Brown (66-73) are tied for second place at five-under par 139.
Bowling Green leads the team standings after 36 holes at eight-under par 568, with Gates' 67 helping the Falcons to an eight-under par 280 in the second round. BGSU heads into the final round with a two-stroke lead over host Louisville, which is in second place at six-under par 570 and posted the lowest score of the day with a nine-under par 279 in the second round. Murray State is in third place at two-over par 578 (293-285), followed by Austin Peay (296-284 - 580) and UALR (291-292 - 583).
The Trojans have four players ranked in the top-20 after 36 holes, with sophomore Colby Benton tied for 20th place at one-over par 145 (72-73). Competing as an individual, junior Nick Zimmerman carded back-to-back 72's on the first day and finds himself in a tie for 14th place at even-par 144.
Tuesday's final round begins at 8 a.m. with tee times off holes No. 1 and No. 10. Live scoring is available at www.GolfStat.com