SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Freshman Justin LaFrance tied his 18-hole career low as the Loyola University Chicago men's golf team opened play at the Twin Oaks Invitational in Springfield, Mo. today.
The Ramblers sit in 11th place in the team standings after posting a 622 (323-299) in the event's opening two rounds. Host Missouri State (288-287=575) holds a slim two-shot edge over Bradley (291-286=577) on the team leaderboard, while the Braves' Ethan Brue leads the race for medalist honors after firing a three-under-par 137 (69-68).
Following an opening-round 79, LaFrance used three birdies during the second-round en route to turning in a one-over-par 72 that brought his 36-hole total to 151 (79-72). That mark ties the Milford, Mich. product's season low, set just six days ago at the Bradley Spring Break Invitational. LaFrance is currently part of a six-way tie for 38th place on the individual leaderboard.
Sophomore Orion Yamat finds himself tied for 53rd place at 154 (81-73). Yamat, out of Niles, Ill., bounced back from an 81 in the morning by carding a two-over-par 73 during the afternoon. Senior Michael Valletti sits in 58th with 157 (79-78), while freshman Nick Bonema is in 62nd at 160 (84-76) following an eight-stroke improvement of his own during the second round. Sophomore Ben Olson resides in 69th after he rounded out the Rambler lineup on the day with a 169 (87-82).
The final round of the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate will begin on Tuesday morning with tee times scheduled for 7:40 a.m.