BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Hunter Bott is in second place and the UTSA men’s golf team sits in sixth after the first day of The Clerico, which teed off Monday at Cedar Ridge Country Club (par 70/7,088 yards).
Bott posted a pair of 2-under-par scorecards to put himself in contention for the individual crown, while the Roadrunners registered rounds of 285 and 292 to settled into sixth place with a 577, just one shot behind host Oral Roberts and one stroke ahead of Texas State in the 12-team field. Little Rock has the team lead at even par, with Michigan one shot back in second.
Bott turned in his first 68 of the day after recording four birdies, making his first on the 462-yard, par-4 seventh hole to counter a bogey on the fifth. After closing the front nine at even-par, he opened the back with a birdie on the 10th followed by three straight pars and a birdie on the 538-yard, par-5 14th. After his second bogey of the day knocked him back down to 1-under, the senior all-conference performer finished his opening round with a birdie on No. 18.
A native of Montgomery, Texas, Bott logged a pair of birdies on each side during his afternoon tour of the course, including repeats on the seventh and 18th holes. He sits at 4-under 136, three shots off the pace of 7-under 133 set by Oklahoma State’s Preston Stout.
David Harrison has a share of 27th at 5-over 145. The senior from Trophy Club, Texas, carded an even-par 70 in the morning on the strength of three birdies, including back-to-back on Nos. 9-10. He posted a 75 in the afternoon that included his fourth birdie of the day.
Jack Wehman is one shot back of Harrison in a tie for 36th at 6-over 146. The junior out of Austin bounced back from a 74 in the first round with a 2-over 72 that featured four birdies, three coming on a five-hole stretch to close out his day.
Bryson Thurston and Brock Blais round out the UTSA lineup in 48th (73-78—151) and 58th (76-77—153), respectively.
The final round is set for Tuesday.