PARK CITY — With a team score of 728, the Utah Valley University men's golf team finished Monday's first two rounds at the Utah Invitational in a tie for sixth place. Sophomore Noah Cook, competing as an individual this week, has the Wolverines' lowest score at 4-under par through 36 holes.
Played at The Jeremy Golf and Country Club in Park City, the Utah Invitational uses a six-count-five format, which means UVU fielded a team of six for the first time this season. Of those six bags, junior Brayden Eriksen has the low score after carding 71-70 (-1) and sits in a tie for 12th on the overall leaderboard. Sophomore Corey Eccles also earned a place in the top-20 on Monday, posting 72-71 (+1) and a tie for 16th.
Not appearing on the team score is a 4-under par performance from Cook, who went 67-71 and is the tournament's low individual competitor. On the leaderboard, Cook is currently tied for fourth, but he sits just one stroke back of the Invitational's three leaders that each tied at 5-under.
In fourth, Cook is level with Utah State's Seokwon Jeon and Northern Colorado's Steven Kupcho. Utah's Jonathon Thomas, UTEP's Frederik Dreier and Boise State's Ty Travis sit at the top entering Tuesday's final 18 holes.
"Noah played two very solid rounds today," UVU head coach Chris Curran said. "He's put himself in contention to win a golf tournament tomorrow. Brayden has been very consistent all season and he is playing well again this week."
UVU's other individual this week, JT Timmons (72-71), is tied for 16th at just 1-over par.
USU (716) holds the outright team lead after three Aggies finished the day at par. UTEP (719) is three strokes back alongside UNC (719). Host Utah and Boise State are tied for fourth place (720) but remain in striking distance for the team title Tuesday. At 728, UVU and Southern Utah are deadlocked in sixth, followed by Westminster (743) of the NAIA in eighth and fellow WAC member Bakersfield (793) bringing up the rear.
"We played better in the second round but dug ourselves too big a hole in the morning," Curran said. "Having to count scores above 74 really hurts the team score."
Tuesday's final round at The Jeremy begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Live scoring is available through Golfstat.
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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