Hutchinson CC Sports Information
NEWTON – Ten strokes out of first place after one round on Monday, the Hutchinson Community College men's golf team made a huge move at Jayhawk No. 2 into first place after 36 holes.
The Blue Dragons had three players shoot even par or better in the afternoon round at Sand Creek Station to power to the Blue Dragons to a two-stroke lead over Barton heading into Tuesday's final 18 holes.
Hutchinson had rounds of 312 and a tournament-low 295 on Monday for a 36-hole total of 607. The Blue Dragons lead Barton County by two strokes and made a 12-stroke turnaround from the morning round. Barton shot 302 in the first round and followed that with a 307 in windy scoring conditions at Sand Creek Station.
Dodge City is also in the thick of the team chase at 610 after rounds of 304 and 306.
Charlie Crockett led the Blue Dragons with a 1-under 71 in the opening round. Crockett had one of three rounds at even par or lower in the first 18 holes. The Blue Dragons had to count scores of 78 by Peyton Austin, 79 by Charlie Herbert and 84 by Nathan McCulloch in the opening round.
While Crockett fired an even-par 72 in the second round, Austin and Herbert also joined him and helped the Blue Dragons surge into the lead. Austin shot a 71 and Herbert a 72 in the second round. The Dragons also had to count an 80 shot by McCulloch.
Four Hutchinson golfers reside in the individual Top 10 after two rounds.
Crockett is the individual leader at 1-under 143 after 36 holes. He leads Garden City's Jake Bay by two strokes. Bay shot the low individual round on Monday with a 70 in the first round. He followed that with a 75 Monday afternoon.
Austin's seven-stroke improvement from the first and second rounds have him in a three-way tie for fourth place at 5-over 148.
Teammate Liam Debattista, who is playing as a Blue Dragon individual in this tournament is also tied for fourth at 149 after rounds of 76 and 73.
Herbert is in a three-way tie for seventh at 7-over 151.
The Blue Dragons look to close out their second conference tournament title at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with a shotgun start at Sand Creek station.