Ritchie, Tulane Fourth After Round Two at Battle of the Bend

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Kyle Ritchie, currently three strokes off of the lead, will vie for the Battle of the Bend title on Wednesday.
Kyle Ritchie, currently three strokes off of the lead, will vie for the Battle of the Bend title on Wednesday.
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Nov. 8, 2005

MANY, La. - With one round remaining at the Battle of the Bend, junior Kyle Ritchie is tied for fourth and is three shots behind the leader while the Tulane men's golf team sits in fourth in the team standings after two rounds at the Par-72, 6,707-yard Cypress Bend Golf Club.

Ritchie followed up his first round total of 70 with a one-under par 71 in round two, placing him three strokes behind tournament leader Parker LaBarge of Rice who leads the field with a two-day total of 138.

"Kyle played very solid today and has been in a good rhythm all week," Tulane head coach Tom Shaw said. "Mentally he is very focused and committed to what he is trying to do. He's excited about the opportunity tomorrow to go see if he can win this golf tournament, which would cap off a very good fall season for him."

Tulane sophomore Andrew Freeman also carded a one-under 71 on the day, and moved into 13th in the individual standings with an even-par 144 through two rounds. Arizona native Michael Thompson is currently tied for 16th after shooting 74 on the afternoon while Braden List matched his first round 77 on day two and sits in a tie for 42nd. Sophomore Bill Gutknecht's two-day total of 156 places him in a tie for 50th overall.

In the team standings, the Green Wave are in fourth-place with a two-round sum of 586, five strokes behind third-place Southeastern. UNO holds the top spot for the second consecutive day with a total of 567 for the tournament and is trailed by Rice in second overall.

"Our last tournament was played in really windy conditions, and I think that has kind of affected our timing a little bit," Shaw said. "Hopefully tomorrow we will get good round from the bottom of our lineup and have Kyle (Ritchie), Michael (Thompson) and Andrew (Freeman) continue to play well."



The Battle of the Bend wraps up on Wednesday with an 18-hole final round at Cypress Bend Golf Club.

Team Scores: 1. New Orleans 284, 283 = 567; 2. Rice 288, 289 = 577; 3. Southeastern Louisiana 292, 289 = 581; 4. Tulane 293, 293 = 586; 5. Louisiana-Lafayette 298, 292 = 590; 6. Sam Houston State 298, 293 = 591; T7. Nicholls State 303, 303 = 606; T7. Houston JV 302,304 = 606; 9. Stephen F. Austin 305, 302 = 607; T10. Texas State 301, 310 = 611; T10. Mc Neese State 301, 310 = 611; 12. Texas Pan American 305, 310 = 615; 13. Centenary 299, 328 = 627.

Individual Leaders: 1. Parker LaBarge (Rice) 69,69 = 138 (-6);T2. Michael Smith (UL-Lafayette) 71,69 = 140 (-4); T2. Matthew Carvell (Southeastern La.) 71, 69 = 140 (-4); T4. Kyle Ritchie (Tulane) 70,71 = 141 (-3); T4. Adam Cornelson (New Orleans) 71,70 = 141(-3).

Tulane Scores: T4. Kyle Ritchie 70, 71 = 141 (-3); 13. Andrew Freeman 73, 71 = 144 (E); T16. Michael Thompson 73, 74 = 147 (+3); T42. Braden List 77, 77 = 154 (+10); T50. Bill Gutknecht 77, 79 = 156 (+12).