Drake's second-round 288 represented the lowest team score for the Bulldogs under second-year head coach Matt Lewis, while also marking the fourth-lowest team total during the tournament's second round.
"In perfect conditions all day, we struggled in the first round as we just had a bad round as a team," Lewis commented. "I didn't say much to the team between rounds with the quick turnaround, but they bounced back to get us back into the middle of the pack with a strong second round. The biggest thing was that all five guys were competing, fighting and clawing for every stroke."
Redshirt sophomore Devin Leland (Huxley, Iowa) led the charge for the Bulldogs registering scores of 72 and 70 to stand tied for fourth with a 36-hole total of 142.
"Devin (Leland) was solid in both rounds for us as he was extremely focused and in a great zone all day," said Lewis.
Sophomore Blake Huser (Altoona, Iowa) turned in a 78 in the morning session before carding a career-low 71 over the final 18 holes to tie for 36th place with a 149 (78-71) score.
"Blake (Huser) really struggled with his driver in the first round to find the fairway, but he made some putts to close the first round strong," Lewis explained. "He did a great job in the second round playing with confidence, which was huge."
Junior Connor Steele (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) was nearly as impressive as a second-round 72 fueled a 36-hole total of 152 (80-72).
"The guys are feeling confident and happy about their second round and hopefully we can put together another solid round tomorrow and turn in a strong finish," Lewis stated.
The Bulldogs close out their stay at the Ram Master Invitational with a 9:00 a.m. CT shotgun start on Tuesday (Sept. 18).
RAM MASTER INVITATIONAL
SEPT. 17, 2012 • 36 HOLES
FORT COLLINS COUNTRY CLUB (FORT COLLINS, COLO.)
1) Nevada 566 (282-284=566)
2) Wichita State 571 (285-286=571)
3) Colorado State 572 (287-285=572)
4) Denver 579 (287-292=579)
5) Weber State 581 (290-291=581)
6) Mercer 583 (293-290=583)
7) Northern Colorado 591 (298-293=591)
8) Wyoming 593 (289-304=593)
DePaul 593 (301-292=593)
10) Boise State 595 (301-294=595)
11) Drake 596 (308-288=596)
12) Air Force 599 (300-299=599)
13) Southern Utah 600 (301-299=600)
14) Illinois State 611 (306-305=611)
15) Northern Iowa 616 (305-311=616)