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Surprise! Wyoming Shoots Best Score in Its History, Wins Battle of Tetons! USU, UVU Tie for Third

We have not reported on the collegiate tournament held last week at Victor, Idaho at the Headwaters Golf Course at Teton Springs Resort. The tournament involved men’s teams from Utah State, Weber State, Westminster, Utah Valley University, and Southern Utah University. Those teams are largely comprised of Utahns. Other teams competing were Wyoming, Valparaiso, and South Dakota State.
Wyoming, a school seldom recognized for its golf program, ran away with the team title by 36 strokes. Wyoming’s 54-hole score of 17 under par 847 is the best team tournament score in school history. A Hats Off to Wyoming.
The team victory is the first team title in head coach Joe Jensen’s tenure at Wyoming. It is also the first tournament victory for a UW team since the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate in 2000. After holding the 36-hole lead, junior Eddie Stewart fired his third under-par round of the tournament of 71 (-1) to win the individual title by five strokes with a total score of 208 (-8). Stewart’s eight-under is tied for the third-best tournament score in Wyoming golf history.
“This is a great start to our fall season,” Jensen said. “The kids played three excellent rounds of golf yesterday and today. I am very proud of them to shoot three rounds under par. We were the only team to be under-par for three rounds. I don’t care who you are playing if you shoot three rounds under par you are always going to be competitive in any tournament. We took one round at a time this tournament and we never were complacent increasing our lead each round.”
Stewart won the individual title of the 48-man field to lead the Cowboy scoring. Two other Cowboys recorded top-three finishes. Junior Eric Parish, who was in second place following yesterday’s rounds shot a final round 76 (+4) to finish in a tie for third place with a score of 214 (-2). True freshman Kamrin Allen fired the low individual round of the day for the tournament at 68 (-4) to move up from 11th place to finish tied with Parish for third place. Allen recorded a top-five finish in his first collegiate event.
The Cowboys won the tournament title by 36 shots over Valparaiso who took second with a final tally of 883 (+19). Utah State and Utah Valley tied for third place with three-round scores of 888 (+24). In fifth place was Southern Utah (891, +27), followed by host Weber State in sixth (892, +28), South Dakota State in seventh (898, +34) and Westminster College (Utah) in eighth (910, +46).
Stewart ran away with the tournament championship with the five-shot victory over Valparaiso’s Austin Gaugert who shot a final round 71 (-1) to finish with a final score of 213 (-3). Gaugert topped third place Cowboys Parish and Allen (214, -2) by one stroke. Rounding out the top five was Utah State’s Tanner Higham with a final score of 215 (-1).
Scores of Utah College teams were as follows:
Utah State (888)
Tanner Higham, 74-71-70-215
Seokown Jeon, 79-70-72-221
Reed Platke, 74-77-76-227
Brendan Dennis, 80-74-77-231
Zach Waxler, 80-71-82-233
Utah Valley (888)
Mason Casper, 74-72-72-218
Joey Olson, 72-73-74-219
Preston Richards, 75-80-77-232
Brayden Ericksen, 75-77-86-238
Corey Eccles, 71-DQ-71-
Stratton Schulz, 78-75-75-228
Nick Smart, 73-80-77-230
Mike Dart, 83-75-81-239
Southern Utah (891)
Tim Leonard, 71-75-73-219
Jake Holt, 74-74-73-221
Sammy Cole, 77-76-73-226
John Reid, 78-74-78-230
Taylor Schone, 77-81-74-232
Brady Welburn, 85-79-81-245
Connor Van Gilder, 84-81-86-251
Weber State (892)
Kyler Dearden, 71-72-75-218
Michael Johnson, 70-75-75-220
Colton Dallimore, 73-76-76-225
Jeff Jones, 75-76-75
Jordan Herzog, 73-77-77-227
Matt Wahlen, 79-73-73-227
Ty Travis, 68-80-77-225
Westminster (910)
Dane Jensen, 72-76-75-223
Matt Bushman, 79-78-71-228
Taylor Judy, 77-79-73-229
Robby McGee, 76-84-77-237
Tanner Kopan, 84-79-75-238