Smith, Mavericks trail Mines at Tiara Rado

Colorado Mesa’s Grant Olinger almost appearsto do a balancing act with the ball as he chips onto the eighth green during the second round of the Maverick Invitational RMAC # 2 tournament at Tiara Rado Golf Course on Monday. Olinger is tied for 14th place, and the Mavericks are in third place in the 10-team standings.

A 4-under-par 136 recorded by Colorado Mesa’s Kyler Smith on Monday wasn’t enough to overcome a record-breaking round by Colorado Mines’ George Markham during the first day of the Maverick Invitational RMAC # 2 tournament at Tiara Rado Golf Course.

Smith, a senior and Palisade High School graduate, shot a pair of 2-under 68s during the first two rounds of the two-day tournament on the par-70 course. He’s in a three-way tie for third place with chase Carlson of Colorado Christian and Tim Amundson of Colorado Mines headed into today’s final two rounds.

Markham’s 8-under 132 gave him a two-shot lead over Tanner Comes of Colorado-Colorado Springs. He shot an RMAC-record low score of 7-under 63 in the second round which, according to the RMAC, is the second-lowest score in the nation this year. It was also one stroke lower than the previous-best score of UCCS’s Riley Andrews in 2008.

Markham’s and Amundson’s scores helped Mines lead the team standings at 6-under 554. Colorado Mesa is third at 564, trailing second-place UCCS by five strokes.

Smith, who is playing as an individual, is one stroke ahead of teammate Trevor McKune. The Mesa senior had a massive second-round surge of his own, shooting a 64 after a first-round 73.

Grant Olinger (1-over 141) is tied for 14th, with CMU players Garrett Harrison and Brett Krantz tied for 19th at 143.

Tournament play continues at 8:30 a.m. today at Tiara Rado Golf Course.


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