BYU golf: Blair tied for sixth, team tied for fifth

By Chris Scheitinger

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 4 2013 10:40 p.m. MST

FRESNO, Calif. -Zac Blair shot 22 consecutive pars to lead the Cougars to a fifth place standing after two rounds at the Fresno State Lexus Classic on Monday.

BYU shot a four-under-par 356 during Monday's opening round, followed by a second round 367 (+7) to finish at three-over-par. The Cougars currently stand tied for fifth place with Oregon, four strokes behind fourth place Northwestern (-1). No. 1 California leads all teams at 26-under-par, 22 strokes ahead of second place Fresno State (-4).

"We started hot and were hanging right with California after about 9 or 10 holes, but then we didn't finish very well," BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. "This afternoon we had the same thing, we just didn't make a lot of putts."

Blair had a solid first round for the Cougars, finishing with five birdies and one bogey to go four-under-par during the opening round. Blair shot par on every hole during round two and currently stands tied for sixth place at four-under-par. Michael Kim of California currently stands in first on the player leaderboard at 11-under-par, seven strokes ahead of Blair.

"Zac played really good," Brockbank said. "He had plenty of chances; just his speed was a little bit off after mid-round."

Juniors Justin Keiley and Jordan Hammer currently stand tied for 25th in the individual standings, going even-par through the first two rounds. Keiley made 11 birdies on the day, while Hammer converted six birdies of his own.

Sophomore Mike Jurca had a consistent effort for the Cougars in his first spring tournament action of the new year. Jurca shot a 74 (+2) during the opening round and a second round 73 (+1).

The Cougars will look to rise up in the team standings Tuesday's final round with tee times set to start at 7:35 a.m. PST. Follow the Cougars live on golfstat.com.

Individual Scores

T6 Zac Blair 68, 72, -4

T25 Justin Keiley 70, 74, E

T25 Jordan Hammer 69, 75, E

T51 Mike Jurca 74, 73, +3

T66 Devon Purser 75, 74, +5

T75 Joe Parkinson 76, 74, +6

Team Scores

1 California -26

2 Fresno State -4

3 Arizona -2

4 Northwestern -1

T5 Brigham Young +3

T5 Oregon +3

T7 UC Santa Barbara +4

T7 Colorado State +4

9 Oregon State +5

10 Kansas State +6

11 UC Irvine +8

12 Pacific +10

13 Nevada +11

14 Hawaii +13

15 Sacramento State +14

16 Cal Poly +26

17 Utah +36

Chris Scheitinger is a student at Brigham Young University studying Public Relations. Contact him at cscheitinger@gmail.com

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