April 23, 2018
TEXARKANA, Ark. — After shooting 4-over par in Sunday's opening round of the Conference USA Championship at Texarkana Country Club, UNT junior Ian Snyman made his move on Monday.
The Bellville, South Africa native fired a tournament-best 5-under 67 in Monday's second round to put himself, and his team, in striking distance of C-USA titles.
Snyman now sits in fourth place on the individual leaderboard heading into Tuesday's third and final round of stroke play, and the Mean Green are now in a tie for fourth place with UT-San Antonio at 13-over par, three shots behind third-place Rice. The top four teams following Tuesday's round will advance to a match play tournament to determine the conference champion and who earns the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The match play tournament was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but due to incoming inclement weather, the semifinals will be played Tuesday 30 minutes after the completion of stroke play.
"Ian played solid the entire day," UNT coach Brad Stracke said. "It was a lot of fun watching him shoot a 67 today."
Stracke said he was pleased, particularly, with the way his team closed out its round on Monday, as the Mean Green shot 6-under par over the final four holes, thanks in large part to Snyman carding birdies on three of his last four holes.
"We are only seven shots back and feel like we have the firepower to win the stroke play [portion] tomorrow," Stracke said.
Freshman Vitek Novak had the second-best round of the day for UNT, albeit uneven.
Novak played the front-nine to 1-over par and shot even-par on the back-nine, but he did so with two bogeys and a double bogey to go with two birdies and an eagle on the par-5, 555-yard 12th hole.
UNT will be paired with UT-San Antonio for Tuesday's round and will tee off at 8:40 a.m. from Hole 1.
Live scoring for the tournament can be found here.
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T1. Middle Tennessee (+6)
T1. UAB (+6)
3. Rice (+10)
T4. UT-San Antonio (+13)
T4. North Texas (+13)
6. Charlotte (+16)
7. Old Dominion (+17)
8. Southern Mississippi (+20)
9. UTEP (+21)
10. Western Kentucky (+28)
11. Louisiana Tech (+38)
12. Marshall (+43)
13. Florida Atlantic (+44)
4. Ian Snyman (-1)
T14. Thomas Rosenmueller (+3)
T27. Jordan Sanders (+6)
T32. Vitek Novak (+7)
T46. Viktor Forslund (+9)