Ellis Holds the Lead After Two Rounds of Play at the Cougar Classic

April 18, 2008

PROVO, Utah - Freshman Nick Ellis fired an 8-under par 136 to lead the field in the first day of competition at the Ping Cougar Classic, hosted by Brigham Young, Friday.

The Cougar men combined for a two-round total of 570 (-6) and sit in fifth place.

Ellis has a two stroke lead heading into the final day of play at the par-72, 7,001-yard Riverside Country Club. Ellis' second round score of 5-under 67 ties for the lowest of his career is also tied for the second lowest round of the tournament thus far.

Sophomore Austin Hurt also finished the day near the top of the leaderboard as he fired back-to-back rounds of 69 and sits in a tie for second. Hurt finished with 138 and is only two strokes behind his teammate Ellis.

'Ellis and Hurt were fantastic today,' Head Coach Walt Williams said. 'To be at the top of the leaderboard in a strong field like this is impressive.'

Washington State fired consecutive rounds of 285 and is one of only eight teams under par for the tournament.

Sophomore Nick Grigsby inked a 2-over 146 and freshman Xavier Dailly carded a 150. Sophomore Kevin Tucker shot a 151 to round out the Cougar contingent.

The men are back for final round action with tee times beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday.

WSU Results: 1. Nick Ellis (69-67--136, -8); T2. Austin Hurt (69-69--138, -6); T39. Nick Grigsby (72-74--146, +2); T63. Xavier Dailly (75-75--150, +6); T67. Kevin Tucker (75-76--151, +7).

The Field: 1. New Mexico State (277-282--559, -17); 2. New Mexico (280-281--561, -15); 3. Saint Mary's (279-284--563, -13); 4. Brigham Young (287-279--566, -10); 5. Washington State (285-285--570, -6); T6. Air Force (279-292--571, -5); T6. Boise State (287-284--, 571, -5); 8. Wyoming (289-286--575, -1); 9. Utah (287-292--579, +3); 10. Weber State (293-289--582, +6); 11. Idaho State (288-295--583, +7); 12. Utah State (297-293--590, +14); T13. Sacramento State (294-297--591, +15); T13. Utah Valley State (294-297--591, +15).

Top Five Individuals: - 1. Nick Ellis, Washington State (69-67--136, -8); T2. Troy Merritt, Boise State (70-68--138, -6); T2. Michael McRae, St. Mary's (68-70--138, -6); T2. Tom Whitney, Air Force (67-71--138, -6); T2. Austin Hurt, Washington State (69-69--138, -6); T2. Parker Pemberton, New Mexico (68-70--138, -6); T2. Kevin Lozares, New Mexico State (68-70--138, -6).

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