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Utah Valley Tops BYU in California Tournament

Utah Valley University lives in the shadow of BYU in almost all categories, but this past weekend the Utah Valley golf team finished higher than BYU in the Stockton Pacific Invitational at Stockton Country Club.

The Wolverines only finished sixth, and so it wasn’t too much to shout home about, except that BYU finished 11th, and whenever the Wolverines finish higher than the Cougars it’s something to shout about.

Sacramento State won the tournament with a score of 271, a comfortable ten shots ahead of second place Long Beach State. UC Irvine, Pacific, and Denver rounded out the top five.  Utah Valley finished sixth at 34 over par, 886, and BYU finished in 11th place at 894. That’s only an eight shot difference between the two teams in 54 holes.

To show how evenly matched it is there were five teams within a five stroke spread. Two shots would have moved BYU from 11th to a tie for seventh.

BYU’s Patrick Fishburn had the low score of the Utah teams with rounds of 74-71-71-216 which was a tie for eighth individually. J.T. Timmons posted the best individual score for the Wolverines with rounds of 75-71-73-219.

David Kim, of UC Irvine, was medalist at 69-71-69-209.

It was the final Spring tournament for both teams.

The team scores were as follows:

Team Scores

859- Sacramento State

861- Long Beach State

874- UC Irvine

882- Pacific

885- Denver

886- Utah Valley

892- Fresno State, Nevada, UC Riverside

893- Fullerton

894- BYU

900- Rio Grande Valley

902- Grand Canyon

906- Cal State Northridge

909- Temple

923- Cal-Bakersfield

Individual Scores

Tournament Leaders

209- David Kim, Irvine

210- Taylor Knoll, Sacrament State

212- Matt Lutz, Riverside

Utah Valley Scores

219- J.T. Timmons, 75-71-73

220- Blair Bursey, 73-75-72

224- Ariel Elftman-Hanson, 80-69-75

225- Cedrick Laverdure, 78-73-74

235- Dalton Jackson, 79-74-82

BYU Scores

216- Patrick Fishburn, 74-71-71

223- Kai Ruiz, 82-69-72

224- C.J. Lee, 78-69-77

233- Zach Pritchard, 78-74-81

235- Tommy Higham, 81-74-80