Sammy Cole shot a final-round 70 to move up 10 spots on Sunday and lead SUU with an eighth place finish at 5-under par 211. Cole, who opened with a round of 72 on Friday and followed with a 69 on Saturday, notched his second straight top-10 finish after tying for third at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational two weeks ago.
Cole finished eight shots off the pace of tournament champion Julien Brun of TCU, who shot 203, five shots ahead of Oregon’s Sulman Raza, who finished second.
The Thunderbirds improved every day at the tournament. After opening with a round of 301 to sit 22nd in the 23-team field, SUU shot 296 on Saturday and 205 on Sunday to finish at 28-over par 892, three shots behind host Wyoming and UC Riverside, but well off the pace of team champion Oregon, which finished at 27-under par 837.
Tim Leonard shot 69 on Sunday to finish 75th and second among Thunderbirds at 8-pver par 224 while Jake Holt finished 93rd at 227, Nic Booth was 107th at 230 and Jameson Keiley finished 127th at 254.
SUU finished 14 shots up on Arkansas-Little Rock and 21 ahead of George Mason. Colorado was second at 840, followed by Idaho and TCU (849), while Oregon State (855) finished fifth and Iowa State was sixth. Santa Clara finished seventh at 860, followed by Loyola Marymount (862), UT Arlington (864), Cal Poly (865), Louisiana-Monroe (869) and Texas Tech (871).
San Francisco shot 872 to finish 13th, followed by UC Santa Barbara (877), with Kansas and Kansas State tied in 15th at 879. Denver shot 880 to finish 17th, followed by Nebraska (881), Wyoming and UC Riverside (889), SUU, UALR (906) and George Mason (913).