UVU in 11th after Day 1 in Washington

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PULLMAN, Wash. -- After the first two rounds Monday of the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate hosted by Washington State University, the Utah Valley University (641) men's golf team is in 11th place.

Final-round action gets underway Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. PT and can be followed at www.golfstat.com.

Joey Olson is tied for 23rd after rounds of 81-74 at Palouse Ridge, followed by Corey Eccles (T45th, 84-76), Preston Richards (T52nd, 79-83), Brayden Eriksen (T55th, 79-85) and Nick Smart(67th, 86-89).

"The wind was up all day, but the bottom line is we failed to execute our game plan," UVU men's golf coach Chris Curran said. "We threw away so many shots."

Washington State (597) leads the tournament by three shots over Arizona. San Jose State is in third at 609.

Washington State's Kent Hagen and Arizona's Dylan Healy are tied for first at 1-under-par 143.

Mason Casper, Utah Valley's top golfer, is currently playing in the 2012 Mid-Amatuer Championships in Lake Forest, Ill.

Casper defeated Jason Higton of Fresno, Calif., 3 and 2 Monday to advance to Tuesday's round of 32 at the par-71, 7,078-yard Conway Farms Golf Club.

He will tee off Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. CT against Todd White of Spartanburg, S.C.

The 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, for players ages 25 and older, consists of 36 holes of stroke play. The low 64 scorers advanced to match play, which features six rounds, including a 36-hole final scheduled for Thursday beginning at 7 a.m. (CDT).

The winner will earn an invitation to The Masters.