PALM DESERT, Calif., Feb. 22 Southern Utah's men's golf team was in a tie with George Mason for 16th place at 21-over par 309, one shot back of host Wyoming after the first round of the Desert Intercollegiate golf tournament on Friday. The tournament is being held at the par 72, 7,061-yard Classic Club.

Sophomore Sammy Cole was the low Thunderbird, tied for 37th after an opening-round 2-over par 74 while junior Taylor Schone was one shot back of Cole at 75 and in a tie for 49th. Junior Tim Leonard was third among Thundebrirds, in 79th place at 7-over par 79, while junior Jake Holt and freshman John Reid were tied in 90th at 81, along with SUU's Brady Welburn, who is competing as an individual this week.

Sixteenth-ranked TCU was the first-round leader after shooting 11-under par 277, which gave the Horned Frogs a seven shot lead over St. Mary's, San Francisco and Texas Tech, which all finished at 4-under par 284. Oregon State was fifth at 291, followed by Idaho (295), Nebraska and Cal Poly (296), and Kansas and Wichita State (299). Iowa State was 11th at 300, with Santa Clara (301) 12th, followed by Arkansas-Little Rock (302), Louisiana-Monroe (304), Wyoming (308) and SUU and George Mason.

The tournament continues with 18 holes on Saturday and concludes Sunday.           

Complete results are available on Golf GameBook at: http://www.golfgamebook.com/club/tournament/elastic/2up-wzfl/primary

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