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Utah Valley claims team and individual titles at Pat Hicks Invite
ST. GEORGE, Utah—The Utah Valley University men's golf team won the team title at the Pizza Pat Hicks Invitational at Sunbrook Golf Club on Tuesday, shooting a two-round score of 4-under-par 572 to beat out 11 other teams. JT Timmons won the individual title by three strokes with a two-round 10-under-par 134.
“This was a huge win for our program,” Utah Valley head coach Chris Curran said. “We are a young squad but we showed lots of toughness today. JT (Timmons) took the team on his back and had an unreal week. He loves Sunbrook. To get out second win in under a year shows we have the program moving in the right direction.”
The title marks the second team title for Utah Valley in less than a year as the Wolverines also won the Loyola Golf Invitational last season at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz.
The Wolverines led the entire tournament, finishing seven strokes ahead of Utah, Northern Colorado and Dixie State, who each finished in a tie for second place at 579 (+3). Weber State finished fifth at 584 (+8), CSU Bakersfield placed sixth at 588 (+12) and Utah State placed seventh at 590 (+14) to round out the top seven.
Timmons won individual medalist honors after shooting a 5-under-par 67 on Tuesday, carding four birdies and two eagles in the final round. The junior shot a two-round score of 10-under-par 134 (67-67) to secure the second individual title of his career. He also won the Pat Hicks Invitational in 2014.
Blair Bursey carded a final round score of 1-over-par 73 in the final round on Tuesday, placing him eighth with a two-day total of 3-under-par 141 (68-73). Derek Smith shot an even par 72 in the final round to finish in a tie for ninth with a two-round score of 2-under-par 142 (70-72). Dalton Jackson carded a 2-over-par 24 on Tuesday as he finished tied for 28th with two-day score of 5-over-par 149 (75-74).
Perry Wright tallied a 1-under-par 71 in the final round to finish in a tie for 36th with a two-round score of 6-over-par 150 (79-71). Ariel Elftman-Hanson recorded a 3-over-par 75 in the final round to tie for 44th with a two-round score of 8-over-par 152 (77-75). Corey Carter also shot a 3-over-par 75 on the final day for a two-round score of 10-over-par 154 (79-75), placing him in a tie for 48th.
Smith and Carter's scores did not count towards UVU's overall team score as they competed as individuals.
Utah Valley will be back in action Feb. 15-16 at the Folino Men's Invitational at Industry Hills Country Club in California.
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