UVU golf: Utah Valley heads to Arizona for Snowman Getaway

By Kellen Hiser

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Feb. 23 2014 12:50 p.m. MST

Competing in its second tournament of the fall season, the Utah Valley University men's golf team will be part of an 18-team field at the Snowman Getaway this week in Goodyear, Ariz. Played over 54 holes at the Palm Valley Golf Club, the Getaway gets underway with 36 holes on Monday before a final-round 18 on Tuesday.

Monday's opening rounds begin at 8 a.m., and live scoring is available through GolfStat.

"It's a big field this week," UVU head golf coach Chris Curran said. "Our guys feel confident going into this event and are ready for some redemption after the way we finished a couple weeks ago. We've played well at this golf course in the past and we expect another good finish this week."

The Wolverines opened up the spring season two weeks ago with a fourth-place finish at the Pat Hicks Invitational in St. George, Utah. Taking a six-shot lead into the final round, Utah Valley was overtaken over the final 18 holes, but nonetheless posted its third top-five finish of the season. True freshman JT Timmons, who competed as an individual at the Invitational, walked away with his first career victory after firing a 10-under for the tournament. His 36-hole score of 134 was the lowest ever recorded at the event.

Coming off his record-setting victory, Timmons was named the WAC's Golfer of the Week - the first such honor for a Wolverine this season.

Timmons is one of a five-bag squad competing at the Getaway this week. Juniors Brayden Eriksen, Preston Richards and Michael Dart, as well as sophomore Corey Eccles will represent UVU at Palm Valley. Eriksen and Richards continue to lead the Wolverines in scoring average at 71.88 and 73.18, respectively.

That quintet will look to improve on Utah Valley's third-place finish at this same tournament a year ago. Led by a 17th place finish from Dart, the Wolverines finished just behind tournament champion Missouri and host Washington State. While neither the Cougars or Tigers appear in this year's field, UVU will look to best a large field that features the likes of Air Force, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Indiana and Utah, not to mention WAC rival Kansas City.

Following the Getaway, Utah Valley will open the month of March with a trip to the Bandon Dunes Championship in Bandon, Ore.

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