Three T-Birds Earn All-American Sky Honors

CEDAR CITY, Utah, May 2 – Three Southern Utah golfers were named to the 2013 All-American Sky Golf Conference squad, the conference office has announced. Thunderbirds Jake Holt, Sammy Cole and Tim Leonard all earned second-team recognition.

The teams are determined by utilizing a formula combining the players’ rankings by Golfstat and Golf Week.

Holt, a junior from Tooele, Utah (Tooele HS) led the Thunderbirds with a 73.5 stroke average, while Leonard, a sophomore from Christchurch, New Zealand, was just behind Holt at 73.6. Cole, a sophomore from Aliso Viejo, Calif. (Aliso Niguel HS), ranked third on the team at 74.1 strokes per round.

Holt was the team’s low finisher at the American Sky championships, finishing fifth at even-par 216. He was also the team’s top finisher at BYU’s Cougar Classic last weekend with an eighth-place finish, as well as at Northridge’s Bill Cullum Invitational (ninth).

Leonard was the team’s top shooter at Weber State’s Battle of the Tetons (ninth), at Air Force’s Falcon Invitational (23rd), at Colorado State’s Ram Masters Invitational (31st) and at Boise State’s Dash Thomas Memorial (23rd); and he co-led the team twice: at SUU’s Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational (29th) and at Denver’s Desert Shootout (12th).

Cole led the team at Wyoming’s Desert Intercollegiate (26th) and at the Sacramento State Cup (sixth).

Joining the SUU players on the all-conference second team were Ben Krueguer, Steven Kupcho and Charlie Mroz of Northern Colorado, and Houston Baptist’s Brandon Wilhide.

Utah Valley’s Mason Casper was named player of the year and Hartford’s Evan Russell was freshman of the year. They were joined on the all-ASGC first team by Weber State’s Jordan Herzog, Houston Baptist’s Preston Stanley and Sacramento State’s Ryan Williams. HBU’s David Shuster was named coach of the year.

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