PALM DESERT, Calif., Feb. 26 - Southern Utah's men's
golf team shot a final-round 295 over the 7,305-yard Classic Club course Sunday
to move up two spots and finish 17th with a final score of 894 at
the 24-team Desert Intercollegiate golf tournament, hosted by the University of
Senior Jeff Evans led the way, in 40th place, for
the Thunderbirds at 3-over par 219, while freshman Sammy Cole finished 68th
at 225, senior Brad Millard was 78th at 227, sophomore Jake Holt
finished 92nd at 230 and sophomore Nic Booth was 98th at
"This was a tough tournament with a very good field," SUU
Coach Richard Church said. "We would have liked to finish higher, but we played
better each round and that's a good sign. Jeff was pretty consistent and Sammy
had a good final round."
Evans carded rounds of 73-71-75 while Cole moved up 15 spots
with a final-round 70 after opening at 76-79. As a team SUU shot an
opening-round 300 on Saturday, followed with a 299 in a split round that began
on Saturday but was suspended because of darkness and finished on Sunday, then
wrapped up with the 295.
Fourteenth-ranked UNLV was the team champion at 20-under par
844, while No. 50 Texas Tech was second at 851 and No. 2 Auburn was third at
SUU finished three shots behind UC Riverside (891) and three
ahead of Cal Poly (897) in the tournament that featured nine teams ranked among
Golfstat's top-50 NCAA Division I squads, including four top-20 teams: Auburn,
UNLV, No. 15 Texas A&M (finished tied for fifth with #47 SMU) and Kent
State (finished eighth at even par 864) at 2-under 862.