PROVO, Utah, April 27 – Jake Holt shot 4-under par 68 Saturday to lead three Thunderbirds under par as Southern Utah’s men’s golf team turned in a final-round 281 to move up two spots and finish all alone in fourth place at BYU’s PING Cougar Classic.

Holt had six birdies and an eagle to offset four bogies in tying his lowest round of the year to finish tied for eighth place at 212. John Reid and Tim Leonard also checked in under par as both fired rounds of 70 at the par 72, 7,142-yard Riverside Country Club. Sammy Cole carded the team’s final counter with a 73 as SUU shot the second-lowest team round of the day, behind host BYU’s 277. Taylor Schone rounded out SUU’s scoring with a 76.

Reid was second among Thunderbirds in the final tally, sitting 16th at 217, while Leonard was another shot back in 19th place, Cole was 28th at 220 and Schone finished 47th at 228.

Host BYU ran away with team title. The Cougars finished at 832 to out-distance second-place Air Force (849) by 17 shots, while St. Mary’s was third at 857. SUU finished at 867, followed by Boise State (870), Wyoming (872), Utah State (874), Colorado State (876) and Weber State (887).

BYU’s Zachary Blair led the tournament from wire-to-wire to claim the individual title at 14-under par 202. Blair edged teammate Joe Parkinson and USAFA’s Kyle Westmoreland, who both finished at 203.

SUU entered the day tied with Wyoming in sixth place but was able to take advantage of its own strong round to pass Boise State, which shot 292, and Colorado State, which shot 296 on Saturday, while Wyoming came in at 286.

The Thunderbirds now head for San Antonio, Texas, where they will compete for a spot in the NCAA tournament at the American Sky Conference championships. That tournament is being held at Dominion Country Club, Monday through Wednesday.

Complete results are available at golfstat by following this link:

http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/team/static/team3669.html

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