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UVU golf: Timmons wins Pat Hicks Invitational, Wolverines finish tied for fourth

By Kellen Hiser

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11 2014 8:22 p.m. MST

True freshman JT Timmons picked up his first career win in just his fourth-ever collegiate tournament, firing a 10-under-par 134 over 36 holes at the Pat Hicks Invitational, which concluded Tuesday at the Sunbrook Golf Club. Timmons' 134 was the lowest score ever carded at the Invitational, besting the previous low of 135 by a single stroke.

As a team, Utah Valley finished in a tie for fourth alongside Utah State with a two-day total of 584. The Wolverines had entered Tuesday's final round with a six-stroke cushion atop the leaderboard after posting a 284 on Monday, but UVU ended Tuesday with a team score of 300 — the second highest on the day from the 10-team field.

As a result of the slow round, the door opened for fellow WAC member Seattle U to slide into the top spot. The Redhawks shot a tournament-low 283 on Tuesday, clinching the win with a total score of 573. That figure was nine shots better than second-place Dixie State (582) and 10 below Boise State (583), which finished third.

"This is a very disappointing way for us to start the spring season," UVU head coach Chris Curran said. "We learned today that mental toughness is something we're going to have to work on going forward."

Because he was participating in the tournament as an individual, Timmons' record-setting scores did not count toward the Wolverines' team score.

Timmons becomes the first-ever UVU golfer to win a tournament as a true freshman and joins former Wolverine great Mason Casper as the only UVU golfers to have ever won the Pat Hicks Invitational. Casper won the tournament back in 2011.

"JT just obliterated the field this week," Curran said. "I'm very proud of him and the way he played. Brayden Eriksen also had another very solid week for us."

Eriksen had another strong tournament for UVU, finishing in a tie for third behind a team-best 130. The junior shot even par on Tuesday after carding a -4 on Monday and has now finished inside the top 10 in four of six tournaments this year.

Michael Dart (72-76), Corey Eccles (75-73) and Preston Richards (69-79) finished in a tie for 21st after closing the tournament with a 148. Eccles and Richards have now finished in the top 30 in four and five tournaments this season, respectively, while Dart turned in his best finish of the season thus far and the third best of his career.

Joining the trio at 21st was Clark Fredrickson, UVU's second individual competitor on the week. Fredrickson answered his first round 78 with a 70 over the final 18 to post his second best finish of the season.

Rounding out the five Wolverine bags on the week, senior Stratton Schulz (75-79) closed things out with a 154 to tie for 45th.

Kellen Hiser is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.

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