DRITEC, Czech Republic (8/10/17) – Members of the Arkansas State men's golf team, sophomore Zan Luka Stirn and junior Jakub Bares both advanced Thursday to the Czech International Amateur Championship's (CIAC) final two rounds after completing the four-day tournament's initial 36 holes in fourth and 24th place, respectively.
Stirn began play by carding first-round 70 on Wednesday and followed with a 69 today, giving him a combined 139 posted at the Golf Club Kuneticka Hora. The Kranj, Slovenia, native will enter Friday's third round just two strokes behind two players tied for second place and within three of the leader.
Bares, from the Czech Republic, shot a 75 for the opening 18 holes before posting a 71 today, giving him a combined 146 that left him five strokes away from finding a spot among the top 10 leaders.
Stirn most recently completed his freshman year at A-State by earning First Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors, while also being tabbed the league's Freshman of the Year. He also became just the third A-Sate men's golfer to ever compete as an individual at an NCAA Regional tournament.
Bares is joining the Red Wolves in 2017-18 after spending the previous two seasons at Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College. While there, he was ranked as GolfStat's No. 24 junior college player in 2017 and was an NJCAA Honorable Mention All-America choice in 2016.