BYU golfer Tommy Higham plays well at Alister MacKenzie Invitational

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Junior Tommy Higham led the BYU men’s golf to a ninth-place finish at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational on Tuesday.

“It was a pretty tough day, unfortunately,” BYU coach Bruce Brockbank said. “We showed signs of vulnerability and didn’t handle it very well. Hopefully we can bounce back and find out what these guys are made of. Tommy played pretty well, which should build his confidence. He hung in there when we needed him to.”

The team shot a total of 865, its lowest team total this season. Cal finished in first place for the sixth year in a row.

After shooting a career-low of 67 in the first round, Higham finished the tournament tied for No. 30 and shot 4-over-par.

“The first day was really fun because I had my lowest score,” Higham said. “I made an eagle and four birdies in a row. The course played a lot harder today because we had a bunch of swirling wind and rain. It was more of a grind out there today, but overall it was good.”

Senior Mike Jurca and junior Joe Parkinson both finished in a tie for 44 overall, shooting 7-over-par.

Senior Cole Ogden shot 9-over-par and tied for 55th place. Another senior, Jordan Rodgers, moved up 14 spots from the end of the second round to tie for 60th place, shooting 10-over-par.

The BYU men’s golf team plays next on Oct. 30 in Stockton, California, at the Pacific Invitational.

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