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UVU golf: Dart, Eriksen recognized as All-America Scholars

By Kellen Hiser

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, July 24 2014 10:36 a.m. MDT

Utah Valley University rising seniors Michael Dart and Brayden Eriksen were selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. The duo joins a list of 207 other golfers from the NCAA Division I ranks.

A native of British Columbia, Eriksen is coming off a career year in which he started all 11 tournaments for UVU and led the team in scoring average at 73.06. He finished six tournaments inside the top 10 on the leaderboard, including a pair of runner-up finishes. He tallied 16 rounds of par or better — four of which dipped into the 60s.

Meanwhile, Dart — a fellow Canadian hailing from Toronto — appeared in nine tournaments during his junior campaign, saving his best for last. Dart closed out the 2014 WAC Championship in a career-best fourth place after firing a three-day total of 216. It was also the second top-5 finish of the season after placing fifth at the Jackrabbit Invitational.

"This is a great honor for two guys who work very hard in the classroom as well as on the golf course," Utah Valley golf coach Chris Curran said. "There have only been two other athletes to win this award in school history. I am very proud of both Brayden and Mike. They will be senior leaders on this year's team and I expect they will win this award again."

Outgoing senior Stratton Schulz won the award last summer for the UVU men's golf team, while Nick Tarasiewicz was the first Wolverine to earn the honor back in the summer of 2011.

To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically; compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level; participate in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds; have a stroke average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III; and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

This award represents the second batch of academic honors for the Canadian duo this summer as the pair also appeared on the Spring 2014 Academic All-WAC list.

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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