The Utah Valley University men’s golf team moved up three spots to finish second at the Battle in the Tetons after tying its second lowest team score in program history during Tuesday’s final round. The Wolverines shot an impressive 12-under 276 on Tuesday to finish the opening season tournament at even par.
“We came out hot today and finished strong,” UVU head coach Chris Curran said. “It was a great bounce back after a rough day yesterday. If we could’ve put together a couple of better rounds on Monday, we would have been real close to a victory.”
The Wolverines entered Tuesday’s final round in fifth place at 12-over-par but moved all the way into second place after carding the 276 during the final 18. UVU finished at even par with a three-day total of 864 (295-293-276).
Utah State won the tournament with a 7-under 857, while Southern Utah finished a stroke back of UVU for third place with an 865. Wyoming took fourth (874), and host Weber State and Westminster tied for fifth (887).
Sophomore JT Timmons led the Wolverines at the 54-hole tournament by placing fifth overall at 3-under-par. After carding rounds of 71 and 73 on Monday, Timmons fired a 3-under 69 during Tuesday’s final round to finish with a 213.
True freshman Blair Bursey finished off his first collegiate tournament by taking eighth with an even par 216. Bursey put up a 72 on Tuesday to go along with scores of 71 and 73 on Monday.
Junior Brayden Eriksen was next as he tied for ninth with a three-round total of 1-over-par (217). Eriksen put up the best score of the day on Tuesday to finish in the top 10 with a 5-under 67. Eriksen also recorded rounds of 78 and 72 on Monday.
After carding a 4-under 68 on Tuesday, senior Preston Richards tied for 11th with a 219 (+3). The round marked Richards’ first under-par performance of the tournament as he also recorded rounds of 76 and 75.
Senior Michael Dart and freshman Ariel Elftman-Hanson, who played the tournament as individuals, finished right behind Richards as each tied for 13th with 220s (+4). Dart recorded rounds of 70, 73 and 77, while Elftman-Hanson put up scores of 74, 74 and 72.
Junior Clark Fredrickson rounded out UVU’s top five by tying for 34th with a 231 (+15). Fredrickson remained steady throughout the opening tournament by tallying three identical rounds of 77.
The 2014 Battle in the Tetons was contested at the Headwaters Golf Club in Victor, Idaho.
The Wolverines now return home to prepare for the Colorado State University Ram Masters that will be held Sept. 15-16 in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.