Falcons Tied for Fourth after First Round of Desert Shootout

March 22, 2012

Round One Results Get Acrobat Reader

Sparked by a career-low four-under par round of 68 by senior Robert Belz, the Air Force golf team sits in a tie for fourth place after the first round of the 2012 Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz. The Falcons shot a five-under par total of 283 on the par-72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course, the lowest round by Air Force since a 279 in the second round of the Herb Wimberly Invitational on Oct. 26, 2009.

Belz is tied with three players for seventh place individually after his outstanding round, four shots behind leader Alex Ching of San Diego. Fellow senior Caleb Leestma is tied for 16th after a one-under par 71, while junior Andrew Hoops and sophomore Kyle Westmoreland are tied for 27th after each shot an even-par 72. Freshman Blake Edwards is tied for 37th place after shooting a 73, the second-lowest round of his career. In addition, sophomores Jack Howard (77) and Todd Berglund (78) participated as individuals on Thursday.

"I am really proud of the way our guys competed today," said Air Force head coach George Koury. "We got off to a slow start but we rebounded nicely. I am also pleased with the leadership our seniors showed today."

The second round begins on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 a.m.