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Golf: Knous in contention at DII Championships

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Golfer Jim Knous has been riding a hot streak of late. It might just lead to a Division II national title.

One day after carding a 2-under-par 70, the Colorado School of Mines senior and Basalt native caught fire in Wednesday’s second round of the NCAA Division II Championships at Cardinal Club Golf Course in Simpsonville, Ky. He recorded seven birdies, just two bogeys and finished with a 67 – tied for the third-best round of the tournament thus far.

With one round remaining today, Knous is tied for third at 7-under with Barry University’s Daniel Stapff. Josh Creel of the University of Central Oklahoma leads the way at 9-under after rounds of 65 and 70.

Knous’ effort paced a 21st-seeded Mines squad that is tied for 11th place with a cumulative score of 8-over. Chico State is first at 10-under, three shots clear of Central Oklahoma.

Knous shook off a slow start Tuesday to finish 2-under. He opened on the back nine and bogeyed two of his first four holes before regrouping with four straight pars. He recorded a three at the 470-yard, par-4 18th, then birdied Nos. 1, 4 and 8 on the way in.

That momentum carried over Wednesday. Knous birdied three consecutive holes on the front nine, made the turn at 2-over, and then shot 4-under on the next eight holes before bogeying 18.

Despite the hiccup at the last, Knous is well positioned to challenge today. He should have plenty of confidence, too.

Knous, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s golfer of the year, has won his last three tournaments – notably last week’s West/Central Super Regionals at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz. He shot 66 in the first of three rounds there, and helped Mines secure its first-ever Division II Championships berth.

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