SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 29 – Jake Holt was tied for sixth place at even-par 72 and Tim Leonard was another shot back in 12th as Southern Utah shot 296 over the par 72, 6,936-yard Dominion Country Club on Monday to sit in fourth place after the first day of the 12-team American Sky Conference golf championship.
SUU was 14 shots off the pace of Houston Baptist, which had three players under par to finish at 6-under par 282. Utah Valley, led by first-round leader Brayden Eriksen, was second at 291, followed by Northern Colorado (294) and SUU.
Ericksen had five birdies and a bogey to card a 4-under par 68 for a one-shot lead over HBU’s Hudson Hansard, while there was a three-way tie for third place at 70.
Holt was 3-under par heading into the back nine, but a double-bogey on 12 and a bogey on 14 pushed him back to par. Leonard was even par after the front nine but bogies on 10 and 12 put him at 2-over before a birdie on 18 gave him a 73 in the clubhouse.
Taylor Schone was third among Thunderbirds in 16th at 74, followed by Sammy Cole in 30th at 77 and John Reid in 40th at 79. Schone was steady throughout his round, hurt only by a double-bogey on the par 4, 414-yard sixth, while Cole and Reid both struggled on the back nine.
SUU held a two-shot lead over fifth place Binghamton (298). Hartford was sixth at 301, followed by Sacramento State (304), Weber State (308), Cal State Bakersfield (310), UT-Pan American (312), North Dakota (317) and Chicago State (340).
The tournament continues with the second round on Tuesday and the final round Wednesday.
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