Oct. 10, 2006
Las Vegas, Nevada - After struggling through the first two rounds, the Utah Valley State men's golf team showed big improvement in Tuesday's final round of the District 7 Shootout in Las Vegas.
The Wolverines improved 12 shots from the opening round to the final round, but after digging themselves too big a hole on day one still finished in 14th place out of 15 teams.
"I am very happy that we came out today and played with a purpose. I'm proud of the effort," said head coach Tommy Johnson. "We very easily could have cashed it in after yesterday but we didn't, we came out and fought."
Nic van Vuuren shot a 69 (2-under) in the final round to finish +3 for the tournament and tied for 38th.
While van Vuuren's 69 was the low round of the tournament for Utah Valley, three of the remaining four Wolverine golfers all shot their best rounds on Tuesday.
Dustin Robinson shot a final round 71 and finished at +5 and tied for 52nd while Andrew Smith shot at 73 (+11, t-73), Jeff Gibson posted a 74 (+12, t-76) and Adam Tayler rrounded it out with a 78 (+16, t-83).
San Diego State ran away with the tournament after an impressive team score of -30, 16 shots better than Boise State.
Aaron Goldberg of San Diego State erased a three-shot deficit on the final day to take home the individual title after defeating Boise State's Troy Merritt in a playoff.
The men's and women's golf team will be in action again next Monday in a dual against Idaho State at Talon's Cove Golf Course in Saratoga Springs.