NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. — Utah Valley University's Mason Casper fired a 1-over par and teammate Brayden Eriksen shot a 4-over par on the first day of the America Sky Conference Championship and sit in a tie for third and 10th place, respectively.
"Mason and Brayden battled the wind and are in contention to win individually," UVU men's golf coach Chris Curran said. "They both played very solid rounds."
Casper had a birdie and two bogeys on the front and then had two birdies and a bogey on the back in recording the 73.
Ericksen had four bogeys in the beginning and a birdie and a bogey en route to the 76.
"There is still a lot of golf left and anything can happen on this course," Curran said of the Lakes of Isles GC.
As a team, the Wolverines (314) are tied for fifth with Seattle and are just one shot out of fourth. They are four shots out of third. Sacramento State, with three players in the Top 3, lead the tournament with a 290 and Houston Baptist is second at 307.
"(Sunday) just wasn't our day. It was a disappointing way to start the conference championship," Curran said. "Monday is moving day. We have been a team that bounces back from a bad round and we'll need to do just that Monday."
Sac State's Cameron Rappleye shot a 1-under-par 71 to lead individually. Teammate Ryan Williams (72) is second and fellow Hornet Jake Johnson (73) is tied with Casper for third.
Second-round action at the at the 6,928-yard, par 72 course begins at 6 a.m. MT and can be followed live at www.golfstat.com.
Jay Hinton is a sports information assistant at Utah Valley University