Wolverines in 10th heading into day two in Pullman

Preston Richards

Sept. 9, 2013

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PULLMAN, Wash. -- With 36 holes gone at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Utah Valley University sits in 10th place. The 54-hole tournament is being played at the 7,308-yard Palouse Ridge Golf Club, a par-70 course on the campus of Washington State University.

Preston Richards is the top scorer for UVU thus far, carding a three-over (73-70) through two rounds. With a 70 in the second round, Richards was the only Wolverine to shoot at or below par on the day and is tied for 26th on the overall leaderboard.

"We just never really got it going today," said head coach Chris Curran. "It was just one of those days where everyone was a bit off their game. Preston had a great second round despite having a little bit of a rollercoaster day."

Brayden Eriksen (72-72) sits just one shot back of Richards and is tied for 30th, followed closely by Clark Fredrickson (73-72) who finds himself in a tie for 38th. Corey Eccles is tied for 53rd after going 72-75 and Stratton Schulz (76-72) sits in a tie for 59th.

Playing as an individual, Noah Cook (71-76) is tied for 53rd after his opening-day seven-over.

As a team, Utah Valley fired a 576 on day one, a figure that is good enough for 10th after 54 holes. Still, the Wolverines are in a position to catapult up the leaderboard with a strong round on Tuesday. UVU is just four strokes back of sixth-place Chico State (572) as spots six through ten each have just one stroke between them. San Jose State (573) is in seventh, Gonzaga (574) in eighth, and Boise State (575) in ninth.

"We need to put together a good round tomorrow and see if we can jump a few of these teams," Curran said.

Host WSU leads the tournament on its home course with an eight-under (552) while the only other school to post a score under par on Monday was Cal State Fullerton at a three-under 559. Sacramento State (565), Idaho (567), and Santa Clara (569) own spots three through five as well as a slight advantage over the bottom half of the field. SCU is three strokes ahead of sixth-place Chico State (572).

British Columbia (579) and Seattle University (580) round out the 12-team field.

Tuesday's final round gets underway at 8:30 a.m. and live scoring will again be available here.