Casper Finishes Third; Named ASC Golfer of the Year

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WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM

May 1, 2012

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NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. -- Despite wind, rain and temperatures that dipped into the 50s, Utah Valley University golfer Mason Caspershot a final-round 75 Tuesday at the America Sky Golf Championships to move up one spot and finish third overall at 5-over-par at the par-72, 7-252-yard the Lake of Isles Golf Course.

"Mason easily could have won the golf tournament," UVU men's golf coach Chris Curransaid. "A missed shot here and there and a missed putt here and there was the difference. He, by far, had the best season in UVU history."

Casper shot rounds of 73-73-75 for a three-day total of 221, and was named the America Sky Conference Golfer of the Year.

For the year, Casper recorded seven top-10 finishes, including a win at the Battle of the Tetons where he shot 14-under par.

Now, Casper, by being the top finisher not attached to the winning team, will await a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Regional tournament. The announcement will be made Monday.

"I hope the season isn't over for him just yet," Curran said. "Mason had a great regular season. He is one of the best college players I have ever seen."

Casper entered the final round tied for fourth with teammate Brayden Eriksen, who shot a final-round 78 and finished in a tie for fourth with Sacramento State's Jake Johnson.

"For Brayden to finish in the top 5 as a freshman is a great honor," Curran said. "He is a very hard worker and it's paying off. He had a great week. He played very intelligent golf, and didn't get into too much trouble and putted beautifully."

For Eriksen, it was his second top 10 of the season, and second in as many tournaments after finishing second at the Braveheart Classic in early April.

Both Casper and Eriksen were named to the ASC All-Tournament First Team along with Sacramento State's Cameron Rappleye, who won the tournament at 2-under par (214), Jordan Weir, who finished second and Jake Johnson.

As a team, the Wolverines finished fourth for their highest conference finish is school history.

Sacramento State (878) dusted the field to win the team title and nabbed the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Regional tournament. Houston Baptist (920) was second, while Hartford (927) was third followed by UVU (931).

Behind Casper and Eriksen, Stratton Schulz (83-76-81-240) finished tied for 28th, while Joey Olson (82-82-82-246) and Michael Dart(86-84-91-261) were tied for 40th and 54, respectively.

2012 America Sky All-Conference

First Team

Mason Casper, Utah Valley

Grant Rappleye, Sacramento State

Jordan Weir, Sacramento State

Matt Smith, Hartford

Bryce Edminster, Binghamton

Second Team All-Conference

Jake Johnson, Sacramento State

David Celura, Binghamton

Steven Kupcho, Northern Colorado

Jordan Herzog, Weber State

Cameron Rappleye, Sacramento State

2012 America Sky All-Tournament

First Team

Cameron Rappleye, Sacramento State

Jordan Weir, Sacramento State

Mason Casper, Utah Valley

Jake Johnson, Sacramento State

Brayden Eriksen, Utah Valley

Second Team

Steven Kupcho, Northern Colorado

Andy Ariens, Houston Baptist

Ryan Williams, Sacramento State

Jordan Herzog, Weber State

Rob Seibly, Seattle

Sam Matthew, North Dakota

The athlete of the year award is based on a combination of rankings from Golf Stat and Golf Week. Those rankings are also used to determine the All-Conference First and Second Teams.