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April 21st, 2004, 05:34 am
<blockquote><p align=justify>UL's golf team is consistent, if nothing else, through two days of the Sun Belt Conference Golf Championships.

The problem for the Ragin' Cajuns was that the top three teams also were consistent, and that meant the Cajuns made no team move on Tuesday.

The Cajun squad turned in a nine-over team score of 297 for the second straight day, and remained in fourth place in the 10-team field through two rounds over the Bluewater Bay Resort course.

New Mexico State, South Alabama and defending champion North Texas, the three teams ahead of UL Lafayette after Monday's opening round, all equaled or bettered that score and hold the top three spots entering today's final loop of the 6,866-yard par-72 course.

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NMSU had the day's lowest team round by seven strokes with a two-under 286 score, paced by four players who are in the top 10 in the individual race, and holds a seven-stroke lead over the field with a 292-286--578 score in a race for its first-ever Sun Belt title. USA is second at 585 after a 293 score on Tuesday, and first-day leader North Texas matched the Cajuns' score at 297 and stands nine out of the lead and seven in front of fourth-place UL Lafayette at 587.

Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee are the closest teams to the Cajuns at 602, while Denver is at 606, Arkansas State at 607, Arkansas-Little Rock at 608 and New Orleans at 627.

New Mexico State's Brian Thornburg led the Aggie charge with a three-under 69 Tuesday over the tight and treacherous Bluewater Bay course, and Ben Arrington also had a sub-par score for NMSU with a 71.

But the low round of the day was Gareth Maybin's five-under 67, which vaulted the South Alabama No. 1 player to the individual lead with a 73-67--140 score. Maybin, who has three individual titles this year and leads the Sun Belt with a 71.29 stroke average, was six under par through Tuesday's first 10 holes and tallied his third eagle of the tournament on the front nine.

Teammate and first-day leader Colin Speirs, who had a 68 on Monday, added a 75 in the second round and is at 143 as the only other player below par.

NMSU's Danny Bowen is in third at 70-74--144, and UL Lafayette senior Brett Ashmore is in a trio tied for fourth at 72-73--145.

Ashmore, the Cajuns' leader Monday after his even-par round, and junior Steven Pena each had 73 scores for the UL Lafayette squad Tuesday and senior Tobias Winberg had his second straight 74. Pena and Winberg are each in a five-way tie for 10th at 148.

But the Cajuns had to count a 77 from senior Doron Mommsen in their team score, with junior and squad stroke-average leader Craig Trahan struggling for the second straight day. He added a nine-over 81 to his first-day 78.

"One more good score would have helped us make a little bit of a move," said Cajun coach Bob Bass. "It's going to be hard to catch New Mexico State unless they come back a little bit, but we can finish second or third if we get consistent scores in the final round."

The tournament's final 18 holes get underway at 8 a.m. today.
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