March 22, 2012
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Brian Knoll fired a 67 on Thursday and is tied for fourth place after the first round of the Desert Shootout at Palm Valley Golf Course.
Knoll's round was a season low for the sophomore from Folsom, Calif., and he was the lone Wolf Pack player under par following the first round of the 54-hole event. At 5 under, Knoll is three shots off the lead held by San Diego's Alex Ching.
Nevada is tied for seventh in the 15-team event as the Wolf Pack shot an even-par 288 in the first round. BYU is 14 under and in the lead and the Cougars are followed by San Diego (-10), Tulsa (-7), Air Force and Wichita State (-5), Kansas (-3) and the trio of Nevada, Nebraska and Denver.
Freshman Zak Griffiths shot 73 in the first round while Kevin Lucas and Gustavo Chuang each had 74 and Taylor Knoll shot 75.
The second round of the tournament is scheduled for Thursday with the final 18 holes on tap for Saturday.