SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Utah Valley University juniors Brayden Eriksen and Preston Richards each finished under par in Tuesday's final round at the Bill Cullum Invitational, and UVU finished in 16th place in the team standings.
Richards fired the best round of the week for the Wolverines on Tuesday, shooting a 3-under 69 to pull within the top-30 on the individual leaderboard. He would finish tied for 29th behind a 54-hole total of 218.
Meanwhile, Eriksen closed the Invitational with a 1-under 71 - his best round of the tournament by six strokes. His three-round score of 228 tied him for 67th as Eriksen missed the top-30 for the first time this season.
Sophomore Corey Eccles had the second-best tournament of any Wolverine, tying for 60th with a 226 after a 4-over 76 on Monday. Noah Cook's final-round 80 pushed him to a tie for 76th at 230, while freshman JT Timmons rounded out UVU's squad with a 233 and a tie for 85th. Timmons finished the tournament with a 79 on the scorecard.
"Preston and Brayden were very solid today," head coach Chris Curran said. "But as a team we just struggled on the greens. We had a hard time figuring out the different kinds of grasses here. But this is a very tough field. Most of the schools we saw this week can play golf year round."
With a team score of 898, Utah Valley closed the tournament 10 strokes back of 15th-place Southern Utah (888) and seven strokes better than 17th-place Utah State (905). Weber State (916) came in 19th place, while fellow WAC member Bakersfield (955) rounded out the field in 20th.
Eleven strokes back of the lead entering the final round, Cal State Fullerton (849) charged forward to overtake defending champion San Diego (850) and claim the tournament championship. Finishing third was 24th-ranked Arizona State with a team score of 852.
On the individual side, Daniel Chian of Long Beach State won the Invitational by a single stroke after posting a 10-under 206 for the tournament. LBSU (875) finished tied for seventh.
The Wolverines now head into a four-month hibernation period through the winter months, returning to action on Feb. 10, 2014, at the Pat Hicks Invitational in St. George, Utah. UVU will play five more tournaments in the spring before moving on to its first-ever WAC Championship tournament in Henderson, Nev.
"We have a few months off now and we are looking forward to getting better each week over that time," Curran said.
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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