|Telles increases lead|
HENDERSON, Nev. - Damian Telles may have encountered some of the troubles that plagued his University of Idaho teammates one day earlier but it wasn't enough to slow his momentum as he increased his lead by one stroke in the Western Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.
Telles, who shot a 66 during Monday's opening round, was at one-over 73 Tuesday for a combined 139 with 18 holes to play. He is three strokes ahead of Fresno State's Bryan Hogan, who shot a 74 Tuesday and is at 142.
Collectively, the Vandals were 19-over-par Tuesday but are tied for fourth with a team total 605. New Mexico State leads the tournament with a 584 with Fresno State at 593, San Jose State at 597 and Louisiana Tech joining the Vandals at 605.
Also for the Vandals, Jarred Bossio and Justin Kadin are tied for 28th with 156s, Stefan Richardson is tied for 33rd at 157 and Zach Wanderscheid is 38th at 159. It was Richardson (76) and Wanderscheid (78), who had the better rounds Tuesday. Bossio fired an 80 and Kadin was at 81.
Telles played the front nine in two-under despite a bogey four on the third hole. It was the back nine, which he played in three-under Monday, that gave him trouble. After a birdie at 10, he bogeyed three of the next five holes before a double-bogey at 16 ended the difficult stretch. He finished par-birdie to post the one-over round.
It was his effort on the final hole - after trying back nine, that caught the attention of coach John Means.
"He hit a phenomenal bunker shot," said Means of Telles' ability to blast to within four feet to set himself up for the birdie putt. "That was a great testament to his ability to pull himself back in."