Utah’s Kyler Dunkle tied for fourth place, BYU’s team in last place at NCAA golf championships

(Courtesy of the University of Utah) Ute senior Kyle Dunkle, shown playing in a 2018 tournament in Idaho, is tied for fourth place two rounds into the NCAA Championships.

University of Utah golfer Kyler Dunkle continued his stellar play at the NCAA golf championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday and is tied for fourth place after two rounds of play.

Dunkle, a senior who is expected to turn professional soon and join the Canadian Tour, added a 1-under-par 71 in the second round to the 69 he shot in Friday’s first round and stands at 4-under 140.

Oklahoma State’s Austin Eckroat leads the tournament at 6-under-par 138.

Meanwhile, BYU’s golfers shot their best round of the tournament on Saturday — a 19-over-par 307 — but still remain in last place.

The Cougars won’t play on Sunday — having played their third round on Thursday — but their 309 from Thursday will be added to the team totals after the other 23 teams’ scores are posted Sunday afternoon.

The Cougars won’t make the cut for Monday’s final stroke-play round, so their tournament has concluded. The only suspense for BYU on Sunday will be whether it finishes in last place, a stunning disappointment for a team that placed second at the Pullman (Wash.) Regional just two shots behind Texas A&M.

The Aggies are in third place at +7 through two rounds, behind Oklahoma State (-10) and Stanford (+2).

BYU’s best rounds Saturday were Brock Stanger’s 74 and 77s by Peter Kuest and Kelton Hirsch.

When the rounds the Cougars played Thursday are added in, Stanger will be the low BYU player in the field at +17, Kuest the second-lowest at +18.