CEDAR CITY, Utah, April 27 – Southern Utah’s Tim Leonard finished fourth and Sammy Cole tied the low round of the tournament Sunday to move into 10th place, leading the Thunderbirds to a fourth –place finish at the final American Sky Conference Golf Championships.
Cole carded a 69 – one of just two rounds in the 60s in the tournament’s three rounds at the par 72, 6.749-yard Greenhorn Creek Golf Club – to move from 21st to 10th place with a final score of 11-over par 227 (81-77-69). Leonard followed Saturday’s round of 76 with his second 74 of the tournament to move up two spots on the final day after coming in at seven-over 223.
Northern Colorado, the only team to shoot all three rounds under 300 (296-288-291), swept first-through-third places. Second-round leader Ben Krueger (73-71-72) shot 72 on Sunday to finish at 216 and hold off teammate Steven Kupcho (74-72-71, 217) by one stroke, while UNC’s Julian Woodfork (73-74-74) was third at 221.
SUU’s Jake Holt (79-71-81) slipped from eighth to 17th after shooting 81 on Sunday and coming in at 231, while Jamison Keiley finished 28th at 241 and Nic Booth came in 36th with a final-round of 72 after posting no score on Saturday.
Northern Colorado ran away with the team title, shooting 291 on Sunday to finish at 11-over par 875 (296-288-291), 16 shots better than second-place Sacramento State (305-301-295), which shot 295 on Sunday. Harford (305-298-301) came in third at 904, while the Thunderbirds – who had Sunday’s second-lowest round, at 293 – finished another five shots back at 909 (314-302-293).
Binghamton (317-301-309) finished a distant fifth at 927, followed by Weber State (322-309-308, 939) and North Dakota (340-314-307, 961).
The Big Sky Conference will begin sponsoring men’s golf next season. The five BSC schools, UNC, SUU, WSU, UNS and Sacramento State, along with Idaho – which is coming back to the ‘Sky in 2014-15 – will form the core of the league while Hartford and Binghamton have been invited to join the conference as affiliate members.