Ackerhans, Blue Demons in the hunt at Red Wolf Intercollegiate
April 7, 2014
JONESBORO, Ark. – DePaul senior Moritz Ackerhans sits just two shots off the lead after 36 holes at the Red Wolf Intercollegiate. In the largest field DePaul has seen all season, the Blue Demons sit in fifth place after the first day of play.
Ackerhans carded a one-over 73 in Monday’s first round. He then scorched a two-under 70 in the second round. In his second circuit, Ackerhans strung together a six-hole stretch that saw five birdies and an eagle.
After holding the lead for most of the second round, DePaul’s ace went four-over on the back nine of his second round, bringing him into a tie for second place.
Sophomore Adrian Halimi shot rounds of 77 and 73 to join Ackerhans in the top 25. Halimi carded a team-high 24 pars and is in a tie for 22nd.
Sitting one shot behind Halimi, junior Jan Juelicher put together a four-over 75 in the first round and concluded his second tour of the course with a five-over 76. Juelicher fended off three double-bogeys by parring 21 holes and scoring four birdies.
Freshmen James Lelliott and Jonathan Hewett struggled to maintain their impressive seasons in Monday’s two rounds. Lelliott completed rounds of 75 and 81, while Hewett, who sits one shot off of Lelliott, came into the clubhouse with rounds of 77 and 80.
After posting a team score of 599, the Blue Demons find themselves in fifth place and are in striking distance of the top. Seven schools are within 10 strokes of DePaul’s spot heading into Tuesday’s final round.
Tournament hosts, Arkansas State, took advantage of their home course carding a two-round team score of 580. Belmont is only two strokes back after it shot a 582. In-state rival, Illinois State, is in third place after a posting a team score of 589.
Easton Kay of Arkansas State leads the tournament at one-under overall after posting rounds of 70 and 71. Nipping on his heels is a pack of four, which includes Ackerhans, who all shot one-over for the day.
The final round of the Red Wolf Intercollegiate begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. (CT).