LAREDO, Texas (3/11/19) – The 20th-ranked Arkansas State men’s golf team shot a combined 545 Monday at the Border Olympics, placing the Red Wolves atop the 16-team field after two rounds of play at the Laredo Country Club.


A-State, which holds an 11-stroke lead over second-place UT Rio Grande Valley, was led by four players ending the day among the top 25 individual leaders.   Junior Matt Cole paced the squad with a 36-hole 132 that put him in first place, while fellow junior Zan Luka Stirn is tied for second with a combined 133.


The Red Wolves shot a first-round 275 before coming back to card a season-best 270 for the second 18 holes, which is their lowest team score since at least the 2007-08 season.  A-State’s 275 tied its second lowest single-round total this year as well.


Cole’s combined score featured a 67 and 65 for the first and second rounds, respectively.  Stirn turned in a 68 to open play and followed by matching Cole’s second-round 65, which was the lowest by an A-State player since the 2013-14 campaign.


Also finishing the day among the top-25 leaders for A-State were Luka Naglic in a tie for 11th place and Joel Wendin in a tie for 25th.  Naglic recorded a 140 (72-68) and Wendin a 142 (68-74), helping the Red Wolves end the day 31 strokes under par as a team.


Also competing for A-State, Julien Sale is tied for 40th place with a 144 (72-72) and Jakub Bares tied for 69th with a 149 (75-74).  Bares is playing as an individual.


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



Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2—Total)

1, Arkansas State (275-270—545)

1, Matt Cole (67-65—132)

T2, Zan Luka Stirn (68-65—133)

T11, Luka Naglic (72-68—140)

T25, Joel Wendin (68-74—142)

T40, Julien Sale (72-72—144)

T69, Jakub Bares* (75-74—149)

*Competing as an individual