Broncs in Fifth with Pearce in First

Courtesy - UTPA Sports Information Department

Shane Pearce

Sept. 9, 2008

Despite weather conditions, the University of Texas-Pan American men's golf program landed a fifth-place slot after round one at the Nebraska Fairway Club Invitational in Nebraska City, Nebraska on Monday (Sept. 8).

"The guys played well today; they never gave up, grinded and fought for every shot today!" said head men and women's golf coach Ofelia Lopez. "Shane led his team with a 68 and has helped put them in contention to win tomorrow."

Senior Shane Pearce led the Broncs as he recorded a 4-under-par 68 in the first day of competition. Sophomore A.J. Gonzalez finished in a five-way tie for 14th as he finished 2-over-par 74.

Armen Kirakossian earned a 42nd place slot as he recorded a 6-over-par 78. Kirokossian is tied with three other participants from Army, Illinois State and Kansas, while teammate High Wongchindawest tallied a score of 79 (40-39).

Newcomer Adam Kostrich made his Bronc debut as he posted a score of 84 (42-42).

Western Illinois University holds the first-place slot as they recorded a score of 290 as a team. UTPA finished in a two-way tie with Missouri State University with a score of 299.

The Nebraska Fairway Club Invitational had to be shortened to a 36-hole tournament due to the weather conditions. The final 18 holes will be played today beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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