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MGolf: Utah Valley finishes fourth at WAC Golf Championship
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz.—The Utah Valley University men's golf team shot a final round 6-over par 294 at Wigwam Golf Club on Wednesday to finish fourth at the 2015 WAC Men's Golf Championship with a three-round score of 879 (+15).
Senior Brayden Eriksen recorded his sixth top-10 finish of the season as he carded a final round 3-over par 75 to place ninth with a three-round score of 218 (+2). He registered 11 pars and a pair of birdies on Wednesday.
Senior Michael Dart and freshman Blair Bursey each tied for 14th individually with 54-hole score of 5-over par 221. Bursey shot a final round 1-over 73 on Wednesday while Dart registered a 4-over 76.
Sophomore JT Timmons recorded a 1-over par 73 in the final round to finish in a tie for 18th overall with a three-day score of 222 (+6). Senior Preston Richards recorded his best round of the championship on Wednesday, carding a 1-over par 73. He finished in a tie for 32nd at 231 (+15).
“Today was a bit of a disappointing finish to the tournament,” said Utah Valley head coach Chris Curran. “We started the day in third and were hoping to move up the leaderboard but unfortunately we didn't make enough putts. I'm proud of the way our guys battled and the effort that they showed. We look forward to competing again next year.”
The WAC announced the all-conference honors in a ceremony following the tournament. Eriksen and Timmons were each named to the all-WAC second team for their overall play during the year.
“To see JT and Brayden recognized as second team all-WAC is a great honor,” said Curran. “They put in a ton of hard work every day. They are usually the first ones at the course and the last ones to leave. It's nice to see their hard work pay off.”
New Mexico State won the overall team title with a 3-under par 861. Missouri-Kansas City placed second at 874 (+10) and Seattle U was third at 877 (+13). The Wolverines were fourth at 879 (+15), followed by CSU Bakersfield in fifth (904), Texas-Pan American sixth (911) and Chicago State seventh at 932.
UTPA's Nicolas Platret took home individual medalist honors after shooting a three-round score of 5-under par 211.
Utah Valley will continue play this week as the Wolverines will participate in the PING Cougar Classic on Friday and Saturday at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah.