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UVU Men’s Golf: Bursey and Yeates earn All-WAC Men’s Golf Honors
By Jason Erickson, Assistant Athletic Director – Communications at Utah Valley University
DENVER—Utah Valley University men's golfers Blair Bursey and Aaron Yeates have been named to the 2017-18 All-WAC teams following a vote of the WAC's eight head coaches. Bursey received first-team honors, while Yeates was named to the All-WAC second team.
Bursey returned from the WAC Championship on Sunday where he recorded his fourth top-10 finish of the season as he tied for 10th with a three-round score of 10-over-par 220 (73-72-75).
The Gander, Newfoundland native tallied seven top-20 finishes this past season, including three top-5 performances. Bursey's top result of the season was a fourth place finish at the Pizza Hut Pat Hicks Invitational in St. George, Utah where he carded 3-under-par 141 (71-70) to help his team to the team title.
Bursey also tied for fifth at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational in Boulder, Colorado and tied for the fifth spot at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Virginia. The senior golfer led the Wolverines this season with a 72.06 scoring average—the third best mark in UVU history.
Bursey shared first team all-conference honors with Vinnie Murphy (Grand Canyon), Francois Lagraulet (Kansas City), McCain Schellhardt (Kansas City), and Isaac Marry (NM State).
Yeates is the first freshman in UVU history to earn All-WAC postseason honors. The Orem, Utah native had three top-20 finishes this season, including a first place finish at the Pizza Hut Pat Hicks Invitational where he shot a two-round score of 8-under-par 136 (68-68).
The freshman golfer also finished in a tie for 15th at the WAC Championship last week at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Kansas with a three-round score of 13-over-par 223 (67-75-81). He held the first round lead at the tournament after shooting a 3-under-par 67 to open the event. Yeates also tied for 16th in the 127-player field at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate in Virginia this past season.
Yeates joined Paul Foulquie (Kansas City), Alvaro Hernandez (UTRGV), Pedro Lamadrid (UTRGV), and Joe Harvie (Seattle U) on the All-WAC second team.
Grand Canyon's Murphy was named the WAC Player of the Year. UMKC's Foulquie was named WAC Freshman of the Year and UMKC's J.W. VanDenBorn was named WAC Coach of the Year.
Player of the Year: Vinnie Murphy, GCU
Freshman of the Year: Paul Foulquie, UMKC
Coach of the Year: J.W. VanDenBorn, UMKC
First Team All-WAC
Vinnie Murphy, Grand Canyon
Blair Bursey, Utah Valley
Francois Lagraulet, Kansas City
McCain Schellhardt, Kansas City
Isaac Merry, NM State
Second Team All-WAC
Alvaro Hernandez, UT Rio Grande Valley
Paul Foulquie, Kansas City
Pedro Lamadrid, UT Rio Grande Valley
Joe Harvie, Seattle U
Aaron Yeates, Utah Valley
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