Men's Golf


Sand Goes Even; Pioneers in 11th After Day One of ASU Thunderbird Invitational

April 14, 2018


TEMPE, Ariz.The University of Denver men's golf team had a solid start to the first day of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, placing 11th after Saturday’s play. The Pioneers sit at 8-over after 36 holes.

Held at the Karsten Golf Course, par for the 7,032-yard course was 71.

No. 25 Arizona State and No. 27 UNLV are tied for first, three strokes ahead of No. 3 Oklahoma.

The Crimson and Gold sit two strokes ahead of No. 43 Colorado.

Head coach Erik Billinger went with the lineup of Chris Korte, Jake Kelley, Eric Hagen, Jackson Solem and John Sand.



“Today the course at ASU played really firm and we needed to be smart with some of the pin locations and also choose which holes to be aggressive on,” Billinger said. “The guys played solid in the afternoon and I can tell our confidence is continuing to grow.

"John and Jake led us today and Chris also played solid. I'm looking forward to tomorrow as we try and go even lower.”

Sand was the man for DU, tying for 24th after going even on day one.

Kelley finished just a few spots behind Sand in a tie for 28th, shooting a 1-over for the day.

Korte was the next highest, tying for 44th with a 3-over.

Hagen finished the first two rounds in a tie for 48th after firing a 4-over.

Solem ended the day in 83rd.

Round three of the Thunderbird will take place on Sunday.

Live scoring can be found right HERE.


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