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 Wyoming.

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 232.

"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 855.

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.

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