April 29, 2013
Round 1 Individual
Round 1 Team
SAN ANTONIO -- Utah Valley University sophomore Brayden Eriksen fired a 4-under par 68 Monday and holds the lead after Day 1 of the America Sky Golf Championships at The Dominion Country Club.
Eriksen, who hails from Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, was 2-under par after three holes and 4-under at the turn.
He took it as low as 5-under following a birdie on the 512-yard, par-5 12th. He made his lone bogey of the day on the par-4 16th before closing out with two pars.
"Brayden got it going early and stepped up for us in a huge way," UVU men's golf coach Chris Curran said.
As a team, the Wolverines (291) are in second place at +3, nine shots back of Houston Baptist.
"We were really close to having a very good round," Curran said. "We need a good one Tuesday to chase down HBU."
Behind Eriksen, Stratton Schulz, who was 3-over after four holes birdied two of the last three holes on the front nine to move to +1 before making par on the last nine holes.
"He finished very strong for us," Curran said of Schulz, who had a ball get stuck in a tree in the par-4 second where he eventually took a double-bogey.
Mason Casper was -2 heading in the back nine where he made bogey on 11 and 14 before closing out with a double-bogey on the par-5 18th.
"Mason played much better than his score," Curran said. "He had a few bad breaks."
Michael Dart finished +4 and Corey Eccles finished at +6.
Northern Colorado sits in third place, four shots back of the Wolverines, while Southern Utah (+8) and Binghamton (+10) are in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Eriksen holds a one-shot lead of HBU's Hudson Hansard and a two-shot lead over Binghamton's Bryce Edmister and HBU's Jeffrey Merrell.
Second-round action gets underway Tuesday at 7 a.m. (MT). Eriksen will tee off at 9:07 a.m. (MT) in the final foursome.