April 20, 2014
EL MACERO, Calif. -- Utah Valley University brought the 2013-14 regular season to an end with a 12th place finish at the El Macero Classic. Final round play of the 54-hole tournament ended Sunday afternoon.
The Wolverines will now turn their attention to their first trip to the WAC Championship, which gets underway May 2 at the Stallion Mountain Golf Club in Henderson, Nev. The winner of the WAC's team title earns a spot at the NCAA Regionals in mid-May.
UVU closed the weekend with a team score of 312 on Sunday, giving the Wolverines a tournament total of 930 (+66). They were 14 shots back of 11th place Boise State, whose final round 301 left them with a score of 916 (+52).
Junior Michael Dart (74-75-78--227) finished inside the tournament's top-50, shooting a 78 on Sunday to come in a tie for 34th while Preston Richards (81-77-74--232) fired a team-low 74 over the final 18 holes to tie for 53rd alongside true freshman JT Timmons (80-72-80--232). Brayden Eriksen (76-83-80--239) finished tied for 65th and Corey Eccles (83-83-83--249) recorded his third straight 83 on Sunday to finish 69th.
"It was a terrible week for us," said UVU head coach Chris Curran. "This golf course tests all aspects of your game and we putted very poorly. But we learned a lot. We will go home and regroup and get ready for conference. A wake up call before the postseason isn't a bad thing."
Co-host UC Davis was the only team in the field to complete the Classic under par, posting an eight-under 856 to win the team title. The Aggies were 16 strokes better than runner-up Cal State Fullerton (872), and boasted the individual medalist in senior Matt Hansen (210).
Another WAC program in Grand Canyon (882) found itself in the top-five on the team leaderboard, finishing third. Co-host Nevada (885) and Sacramento State complete the top-five.
Idaho (900) came in ninth while Seattle U (915) was 10th to round out the WAC's representation in El Macero.