MIDWAY, Utah — Utah Valley University men's golf saw four representatives advance in the 115th Utah State Amateur Championship on Wednesday. Current Wolverines Preston Richards and Stratton Schulz claimed their respective matches, while future and past Wolverines JT Timmons and Joey Olson also punched a ticket to the next round.
After two days of stroke play at Soldier Hollow Golf Course, the field of 288 golfers was cut to just 64, with the remainder of the championship to be decided by match play. Junior Richards was the first UVU golfer to advance to Thursday's Round of 32, topping Carey Shinkle by a score of 4 and 3. Olson, sitting as the 60th seed in the bracket, came through next after defeating fifth-seeded Jeffrey Jolley, 2 and 1.
From there, Schulz won 4 and 3 over Bjorn Trejo, while Timmons, seeded sixth, advanced past Chris Hermansen 2-up. Timmons sat out for UVU last season but will compete for the Wolverines in the fall.
Also appearing in the Round of 64 for Utah Valley was 17-seeded sophomore Nick Smart, who had opened the championship with a tournament-leading 68 on Monday. Smart was downed by Nathan Nyman, 2 and 1. Junior Noah Cook was nearly the fifth Wolverine to advance to Thursday's round but fell in a 21-hole match to John Owen.
Richards again leads things off for the UVU contingent Thursday, teeing off against top-seed and reigning champion Jon Wright at 9:30 a.m. Olson's match tees off at 9:57 a.m., while Schulz gets the day underway on hole 10 at 10:24. Timmons is the final Wolverine out, teeing off at 10:33 a.m.
Kellen Hiser is sports information assistant at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.