Air Force Tied for Third After One Round at Desert Shootout
March 19, 2009
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Paced by a record-setting round from junior Tom Whitney (La Quinta, Calif.), the Air Force golf team sits in a tie for third place at the Desert Shootout, hosted by Denver at the par-72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course. The Falcons shot an opening round 278 (-10) to share third place with Coastal Carolina and Southern Utah. Denver leads in the team standings at the end of the first day with a 271, while Tulsa is in second place at 275.
Whitney is currently tied for first place in the individual standings with Tulsa's Nicolas Geyger after firing a 64 in the opening round. The score ranks as the lowest single-round individual score in school history. Whitney shared the previous record of 65 with Chris Young, who originally set the mark in 1971.
Next in the individual standings for Air Force are Shaun O'Bryant (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Robert Belz (Fr., San Antonio, Texas), tied for 30th place at 71 (-1), while Andrew Gibson (Sr., San Ramon, Calif.) and Kyle Bailey (So., Austin, Texas) are tied for 40th place overall with an even-par 72 after one round.
Two other Air Force golfers are competing this week as individuals. Freshman Caleb Leestma (Seabrook, Texas) is currently tied for 74th place with an opening round score of 76, while Travis Deckert (Fr., Wichita, Kan.) is in a tie for 89th place at 80.
The second round of the Desert Shootout is set to commence tomorrow morning, while the final round will be played on Saturday.