PALM DESERT, Calif., Feb. 23 - Southern Utah's men's golf team shaved 12 strokes off its Friday score and moved up four spots, from 16th to 12th at the Desert Intercollegiate golf tournament, after shooting 297 at the par 72, 7,061-yard Classic Club on Saturday.

Tim Leonard led the charge for the Thunderbirds at even-par 72 for a two-round total 151, while Jake Holt shot 73 to sit at 154. Sammy Cole had the best two-round total, however, at 149 after rounds of 74 and 75 left him at 5-over par and in 35th place. Leonard was second among Thunderbirds in 45th, while Taylor Schone was at 152 and in 54th, Holt was 63rd and John Reid was 93rd at 160. SUU's Brady Welburn, playing as an individual, was 100th at 167.

SUU finished the day at 606, one shot up on tournament host Wyoming and three back of Kansas.

TCU was the only team below par after two rounds as the Horned Frogs shot even-par 288 on Saturday after an 11-under par round on Friday to leave them at 565. Texas Tech was second at even par 576 after shooting 292 on Saturday, with St. Mary's third at 2-over after a second round 294 left the Gaels at 578.

TCU's Julien Brun, Texas Tech's Finley Ewing and St. Mary's Jonathan De Los Reyes shared the second-round lead at 5-under par 139.

The tournament concludes with 18 holes on Sunday, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Complete second round results are available at Golf GameBook:

http://www.golfgamebook.com/club/tournament/elastic/2up-wzfl/primary

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