ST. GEORGE, Utah, Feb. 11 - College of Charleston shot
2-under par 286 to take a six shot lead over second place Seattle University on
the first day of the 14-team Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational. Host Southern
Utah was in eighth place at 303 at the tournament being held at the par 72,
6,879-yard Sunbroook Golf Club, utilizing the Pointe and Woodbridge nines.
Charleston's Alex Ellis was in a four-way tie for the lead
with Utah State's Tanner Higham, Brigham Young's Stephen Archibald and Cal Poly's
Camden Price at 2-under par 70.
Cal Poly was in third place at 294, followed by Denver and
USU at 298, Utah Valley at 299 and Idaho at 301. Northern Colorado, Weber State
and Dixie State were tied in ninth at 306, three shots behind the Thunderbirds,
while Boise State and Cal State Bakersfield were tied in 12th at 309
and Oral Roberts was 14th at 311.
The final round tees off Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.