COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 9 – Southern Utah’s men’s golf team fired its third round of 292 in as many rounds Tuesday to finish eighth at Air Force’s 16-team Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.

Jake Holt and Tim Leonard finished tied for 16th to lead the Thunderbirds.

SUU was tied with Utah in sixth place heading into Tuesday’s play after Monday’s opening 36 holes but another 292 wasn’t enough to stay there. Utah shot 287 on Tuesday while Nevada shot 283 to pass both the Thunderbirds and Utes, moving from eighth place to fifth.

The Thunderbirds turned in a score of 12-over par 876, five shots behind Utah and 27 off the pace of host Air Force, which won the tournament running away with a score of 15-under par 849. Texas-El Paso was the only other team under par, in second place at 3-under 861, while Colorado and Wyoming finished tied for third at 867. New Mexico State was sixth at 870.

SUU finished nine shots ahead of ninth-place Utah State and Missouri-Kansas City (885), with Northern Colorado finishing 11th at 887. Colorado State and Air Force’s JV team finished tied for 12th at 888, followed by Maryland (891), Wichita State (900) and Weber State (912).

Holt shot 73 in the final round while Leonard shot 74 to finish at 1-over par 217. Sammy Cole had the best round by a Thunderbird Monday as he fired a 72 to finish 48th at 224, with Nic Booth 52nd at 225 and Jameson Keiley 56th another stroke back. SUU’s Braxton Williams, playing as an individual, finished 88th at 247.

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