LAREDO, Texas (3/9/18) – Led by three players finishing the Border Olympics’ first two rounds among the top-25 individuals, the Arkansas State men’s golf team ended Friday’s play at the 54-hole tournament in first place out of 17 teams that includes four top-100-nationally-ranked programs.

Ranked No. 68 in the country by GolfStat, the Red Wolves shot a combined 567 to put it two strokes ahead of second-place Campbell and Sam Houston State. In addition to the Camels and Bearkats, ranked No. 60 and No. 69, respectively, A-State also leads No. 61 Houston and No. 89 UT San Antonio.

Arkansas State shot a season-best 281 for the opening 18 holes, placing it two strokes behind co-leaders UT Rio Grand Valley and Bowling Green at the time. Although the Red Wolves tacked five strokes onto that total in the second round, it still jumped to the top of the leaderboard as the Vaqueros and Falcons both dropped to no better than fourth place.

A-State was led by Matthew Cole, who posted a combined 142 to finish the day tied for 14th place. The sophomore’s total included a first-round 63, which was the lowest single-round score by an Arkansas State player since at least the 2006-07 season.

Junior Joel Wendin and sophomore Zan Luka Stirn both shot a 143 to place them in a tie for 23rd place. Also competing for the Red Wolves, senior Tanner Napier is tied for 48th place with a 147 and junior Jakub Bares is tied for 62nd with a 148.

The Border Olympics’ third-and-final round will be played Saturday.