GOODYEAR, Ariz., March 23 - Southern Utah's golf team moved past New Mexico State and into 13th place after the second round of Denver's Desert Shootout Friday.

Led by Jordan Orth's one under-par 71 the Thunderbirds were all within a shot of par on Friday as Jeff Evans and Brad Millard both shot 72 and Nic Booth and Sammy Cole shot 73, while Jake Holt, who is competing as an individual this week, also shot 73.

Friday's rounds left Booth 12 shots off the pace of BYU's Justin Keiley and San Diego's Alex Chung in 28th place at even par 144, while Evans and Millard were tied in 45th at 146, Orth was 59th at 148 and Cole was 64th at 149. Holt's two-day total of 150 put him in 71st place.

The Thunderbirds enter Saturday's final round at the par 72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course sitting at 7-over par 583, one shot behind Nebraska and just eight shots behind eighth-place Kansas. BYU maintained its first round lead by shooting 274 for the second straight day and at 548 holds a 14-shot lead over second place Denver, which moved from seventh to second with a 274 of its own on Friday.

Keiley and Chung were tied for the individual lead at 12-under par 132 after Friday's round.  

The tournament concludes Saturday with a shotgun start beginning at 7:30 a.m. (MST).

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