UNM South Golf Course
3601 University Blvd SE Albuquerque NM 87106
Cougars in fifth after 36 holes at Tucker Intercollegiate
ALBUQUERQUE — No. 41 BYU men’s golf sits in a tie for fifth at the William H. Tucker intercollegiate after shooting 5-over-par over the opening 36 holes.
“With firm fairways and long rough, the UNM Championship Course requires you to hit fairways to be successful,” said BYU director of golf Todd Miller. “In round one, the guys found the desert and rough far too often, which led to some big numbers. Bruce and I were proud of how the team bounced back with a solid round in the afternoon, but we will need a low round tomorrow just to move the leaderboard a spot or two.”
San Diego State (279-280—559) leads the tournament after shooting 17-under during the opening two rounds. The Aztecs hold a 5-shot lead over the host, No. 39 New Mexico (290-274—564) who sits at 12-under entering the final round.
TCU (283-283—566) sits at 10-under-par in third place through 36 holes with UNLV (284-287—571) in fourth at 5-under. No. 41 BYU finds themselves in fifth after rounds of 295-286—581 on the opening day.
The Cougars were led by David Timmins who fired rounds of 70-69—139 to sit at 5-under-par in a tie for sixth through the first 36 holes. The senior carded five birdies and just three bogeys during his 2-under opening round before following it up with a 3-under par showing in round two that included three birdies and an eagle.
"It was fun watching David think his way around that golf course today," said Miller. "He hit a lot of fairways and was very precise with his irons, which gave him a lot of opportunities for birdie. He is in great position to get in contention and possibly win the tournament tomorrow."
Zac Jones and Tyson Shelley sit in a tie for 42nd at 3-over after matching rounds of 75-72—147 on the opening day. Keanu Akina sits one shot behind Jones and Shelley at 4-over-par after shooting 75-73—148. Carson Lundell rounded out the scoring for the Cougar team with rounds of 76-74—150 on day one.
Elijah Turner, playing as an individual, finished round two in a tie for 21st after carding rounds of 73-71—144 to finish at even par through 36 holes.
"Bruce and I were also excited to see Elijah play two solid rounds today," said Miller. "He has been hitting ball extremely well this fall and is starting to see his hard work pay off."
The Cougars tee off at 7:30 a.m. MDT in the final round tomorrow with live scoring available at golfstat.com and live updates on the BYU men’s golf Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Team Leaderboard (Top 5)*
|1st||San Diego State||279||280||559||-17|
Cougars look to defend title at William H. Tucker Intercollegiate
PROVO, Utah — BYU men’s golf travels to New Mexico in hopes of defending its 2021 title at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, Sept. 23-24.
“As always New Mexico will play host to a great field at the Tucker Intercollegiate this week,” said BYU director of golf Todd Miller. “We were disappointed with our finish at Olympic Club last week, but our team has be working hard to iron out the issues that kept us from winning and I feel confident the guys are ready to shoot some low scores this weekend.”
Carson Lundell, Tyson Shelley, David Timmins, Zac Jones and Keanu Akina will tee it up for the Cougar team that is determined to continue their success at the UNM Championship Course. Elijah Turner will also compete at the Tucker as an individual.
“We've had plenty of success at this event over the past five years,” said Miller. “All six guys have experience at the UNM Championship Course and feel comfortable with the elevation and the type of grass which I hope will help us put ourselves in contention on Saturday afternoon.”
BYU has competed in the Tucker Intercollegiate every year since 2017, excluding the 2020 season when the tournament was not held due to COVID-19. In the last four trips to Albuquerque, the Cougars have returned to Provo with team titles in 2017, 2018 and 2021 with a runner-up finish in 2019. BYU graduate Peter Kuest, who played on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2022, earned back-to-back individual titles in 2018 and 2019 on the Lobos’ home course.
The Cougars will join host New Mexico, Colorado, Denver, Hawai’I, LMU, Nebraska, New Mexico State, North Texas, Northern Illinois, San Francisco, San Diego, San Diego State, TCU, UNLV, Utah Tech, UTEP, UTSA, Wyoming and individuals from Texas in the 54-hole championship.
The 7,546-yard, UNM Championship Course will play host to the event which will consist of 36 holes on Friday with the final 18 holes on Saturday.
Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com as well as updates on the BYU men’s golf Instagram and twitter accounts.