ELKHORN, Neb. — The fall half of the Great Plains Athletic Conference's men's golf championship got off to a rough start for the Dakota Wesleyan University team.

The Tigers concluded the opening 36 holes at The Club at Indian Creek in the Omaha suburb of Elkhorn with a two-day score of 618, which is tied for ninth place in a field of 11 teams. The Tigers had a opening day team score of 314, and lowered it by 10 team strokes on Day 2 with a score of 304.

Morningside, which was under par as a team on the first day of the competition and held a 12-shot lead, widened the lead to 17 strokes after two days with a score of 571. Briar Cliff and Midland are in a tie for second place with scores of 588.

Dakota Wesleyan's Cade Carpenter had rounds of 79 and 71, one of five golfers to break par in Tuesday's second round to climb to a tie for 15th place individually. Teammate Bennett Lundy was 20th (75-77) with a score of 152 and Payton Phares shot 154 for a tie for 31st (76-78). Micah Dohrer is in 48th place with a score of 163 (85-78) and Cody Cavanaugh was 51st with a two-day score of 171 (84-87) for DWU.

Mason Weeks and Sam Storey, of Morningside, are co-leaders through 36 holes at -3 (141).

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The conference champion is determined over 72 holes between the fall and spring seasons. The final 36 holes will be played in spring 2022 at The Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion.