OREM — Utah Valley University golfer Mason Casper is currently ranked ninth in the nation in scoring average at 68.83.

Casper, the grandson of PGA great Billy Casper, led the Wolverines to the first-place finish with 14-under-par 202 at the Battle in the Tetons on Sept. 5-6. He was 10 shots better than second-place Ty Travis of Weber State. In the three-round event, Casper fired rounds of 66, 69, 67 at the par-72 Headwaters at Teton Springs in Victor, Idaho.

Two weeks later, Casper, who won the SUU Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational last year in his first collegiate start, vaulted from 14th to fourth at the Palouse Collegiate hosted by Washington State University.

Casper carded rounds of 70 and 73 before recording a 3-under-par 68 in the final round in moving up 10 spots.

As a team, the Wolverines jumped from fifth to second behind San Jose State.

For the year, Casper has three eagles and 20 birdies and is averaging 3.07 on par 3s, 3.91 on par 4s and 4.46 on par 5s in six rounds.

His low round of 66 in the first round of the Battle in the Tetons is 48th in the nation this season.