T-Birds take third at Primm


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VANCOUVER – The NAIA No. 3-ranked UBC Thunderbirds men’s golf team claimed third place at the Battle at Primm tournament, which concluded Tuesday in Nipton, Calif.
The T-Birds finished with a three-round score of 7-under par 857, which included a 9-under 279 on Tuesday. The event began with two rounds on Monday at the Primm Valley Golf Course, on which UBC carded rounds of 287 and 291. The field played on a par-72, 7,131-yard layout. No. 2  Oklahoma City won the tournament and was 22 strokes ahead of UBC.
Conner Kozak (Vernon, B.C.) and Jack Wood (Banff, Alta.) both shot 4-under 68’s on Tuesday and finished as the top Thunderbirds on the leaderboard, tying for sixth with a final total of 4-under 212.
Kozak recorded rounds of 70 and 74 on Monday while Wood shot 71 in the opening session and followed up with a 73.
Victoria native Nate Ollis tied for 26th at 2-over 218 (73-72-73); scores of 1-over 73 bookended an even-par second round.
Rookie Trent Abraham of Hamilton, Ont., was one stroke back of Ollis in 32nd, and improved as the event went on, shooting 77 and 72 on Monday before finishing with a 2-under 70 today.
Evan Holmes (Calgary) tied for 61st at 12-over 228 (73-76-79).

UBC’s next tournament will be the Seattle University Redhawk Invitational, which will run April 6-7 at the Chambers Bay Golf Club in University Place, Wash. It will be a special treat for the Thunderbirds, as they will play the same Chambers Bay venue that will host the U.S. Open, one of the most prestigious tournaments in all of golf, June 15-21.