April 10, 2012
BEAUMONT, Calif. --
Utah Valley University freshman Brayden Eriksen
shot a final-round 73 Tuesday at the Braveheart Classic hosted by UC Riverside and finished a career-best second, while teammate Mason Casper
climbed the leaderboard with a final-round 69 and finished tied for third.
The 2-3 finish by the duo is the highest finish by any two Wolverines in the same tournament.
"Brayden and Mason had great tournaments," UVU men's golf coach Chris Curran said. "I am really proud of those guys. Mason made a late charge but came up a little bit short. Brayden played very well and to be in contention as a freshman is awesome. It just shows that we have guys that came compete for titles every week."
For Eriksen, who shot a school-record 65 with six birdies, an eagle and one bogey in the opening round, it's his first top-10 finish of his career, while Casper notched the sixth of his career.
Behind Eriksen and Casper, Stratton Schulz (75-71-78) tied for 28th, while Jeff Holmes (80-72-79), who had a hole-in-one in Day 1, finished tied for 48th and Clark Fredrickson (82-78-82) finished 64th.
As a team, the Wolverines tied for fourth in the 13-team field.
"If we ha a little more help from the other guys, we could have made a run at the team title," Curran said. "This gives our guys a lot of confidence heading into the conference tournament."
Cal State Fullerton (859) won the tournament by one shot over Sacramento State (860). The University of San Francisco (861) was third, while Cal Lutheran (878) and UVU (878) tied for fourth.
San Francisco's Ji Hwan Park, who was tied for the lead with Eriksen and Sacramento State's Cameron Rappleye heading into the final round, shot an even-par 72 at the 7,003-yard Oak Valley Golf Club to win the title.
The Wolverines are back in action April 29-30 and May 1 at the America Sky Conference Championships in Stonington, Conn.