GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Zac Blair and Justin Keiley shot solid rounds during day two of the Desert Shootout Friday to lead the BYU men's golf team to a first-place standing.

BYU shot an even-par 284 during the second round to remain at nine-under-par for the tournament. BYU's 559 (-9) combined team score through 36 holes puts the Cougars in sole possession of first place, one stroke ahead of No. 20 Illinois (-8) and four strokes ahead of third-place Baylor (-5).

“We ended up shooting even-par and that was good enough to keep us in a one-shot lead,” BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “We had a mediocre day, but our one and two guys, Zac and Justin, really were tough out there with the conditions and shooting those scores kept us in it.”

Coming off a first-round 66 (-5), Blair continued his strong play and shot a second-round 68 (-3). He remains tied for second place at eight-under-par, two strokes behind individual leader Hunter Sparks of Wichita State (-10).

Keiley had another consistent round for the Cougars, finishing the second round with a 69 (-2). At three-under-par on the tournament, Keiley currently sits in a four-way tie for seventh place.

Sophomore Devon Purser and junior Jordan Hammer shot a 72 (+1) and 75 (+4), respectively, during round two. Purser is tied for 32nd place at one-over-par through 36 holes, while Hammer is tied for 65th at six-over-par.

Freshman Joe Parkinson shot a second-round 76 (+5) and stands in 40th place at two-over-par.

BYU will look to capitalize on its first place standing during tomorrow’s third and final round to win its first team title of the season.

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“I’m excited about the opportunity, because we’ve had chances to win, but we’ve had to come from behind,” Brockbank said. “This will be a whole different type of pressure and it will be interesting to see how some our young guys handle it.”

Individual Scores

T2 Zac Blair 66, 68, -8

T7 Justin Keiley 70, 69, -3

T32 Devon Purser 71, 72, +1

T40 Joe Parkinson 68, 76, +2

T65 Jordan Hammer 73, 75, +6

Team Scores

1 Brigham Young, -9

2 Illinois, -8

3 Baylor, -5

T4 Tulsa, -4

T4 Wichita State, -4

6 Denver, -3

7 Colorado State, -2

8 Nebraska, -1

9 Idaho, +1

10 Air Force, +5

T11 Kansas, +6

T11 Southern Utah, +6

13 New Mexico State, +8

14 Kansas State, +14

15 Boise State, +15

16 Wyoming, +22

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