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BYU golf: men place sixth after first day of AZ Intercollegiate

By Alexa Anderson

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Jan. 30 2016 12:15 a.m. MST

Tied for 14th place, sophomore Patrick Fishburn led the BYU men’s golf team to a sixth-place finish after the first day of the Arizona Collegiate. Due to diminishing light, all 17 teams will finish the last four holes of Round 2 on Saturday morning before playing the final 18 holes of the tournament.

“We put up some big numbers today as a team and that's unfortunate,“ BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “We hung in there in the afternoon, but we will need a solid round tomorrow. If we can eliminate our putting mistakes, we will have the chance to shoot a decent score to end the tournament.”

Fishburn finished the day at 2-over par with a total stroke score of 136. He birdied three holes on the day, eagled the eighth hole in Round 2 and is tied for 14th place. Teammate Zach Pritchard is tied for 28th after 36 holes of golf. Pritchard shot 6-over par after two rounds, shooting 1-over par in Round 1.

C.J. Lee is tied for 43rd shooting 8-over par on the day. Freshmen Austen Christiansen and Spencer Dunaway shot 10-over par and 14-over par, respectively. Christiansen sits in 55th place while Dunaway is tied for 65th.

BYU shot 22-over par over the first day of tournament play. No. 23 Washington leads the pack of teams at 9-under par, and No. 10 Texas is currently in second place at 7-under par. The Cougars sit two strokes behind UTEP and are in front of in-state rival the University of Utah by one stroke.

BYU plays the third and final round of the Arizona Collegiate on Saturday. Teams tee off in a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Links to live stats can be found on the BYU men’s golf schedule page.

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