Sept. 1, 2012
OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University men's golf coach Chris Curran said on paper his 2012-13 team is the most talented group in school history.
"We are coming in with a team that has a lot of tournament experience. Guys being a year older and more mature will help us be more consistent," Curran said.
The Wolverines open the season Monday at the Battle of the Tetons, a tournament they won last year for the school's first-ever tournament win. The tournament is hosted by Weber State and contested at Headwaters Golf Club in Victor, Idaho.
"We won't be satisfied unless we repeat," Curran said. "This course fits our team well. If we can go out an play like I know we can, we will put another victory under our belt."
Last year, the Wolverines shot a final-round 283 (5-under-par) to win by eight shots over Southern Utah, which started the day with a five-shot lead over the Wolverines.
"Last year, winning the first event of the year set the tone for the rest of the season, so getting off to a good start is huge," Curran said.
UVU's Mason Casper shot 14-under-par to win his second collegiate title by 10 shots.
"Mason had a great summer and is looking to defend his title as well," Curran said.
Casper led the Wolverines in scoring average last season at 71.91 followed by Joey Olson (75.22); Stratton Schulz (75.45); Brayden Eriksen (75.55); Clark Fredrickson (78.10); Michael Dart (78.65) and Jeff Holmes (79.60).
The Wolverines also added freshmen Nick Smart
(Draper, Utah) and Corey Eccles
(Ile Bizard, Quebec, Canada), and transfer Preston Richards
"The new guys came in with lots of tournament experience," Curran said. "Playing all over the U.S. and Canada gives them experience on different grasses and conditions. All three guys had very impressive summers so I fully expect them to be in the line-up at some point this year."
Dane Christensen, Noah Cook and Cody Anderson are returning after serving LDS Church missions.
"We continue to raise the bar every year," Curran said. "This year's schedule has us facing several top 25 teams, which means we have to elevate how we practice and really get the most out of every day. Our goal is to win golf tournaments. I understand there is a good chance we won't win every golf tournament but as long a we can put ourselves in contention every week we can be satisfied. Winning the America Sky Conference Championship is our main priority and advancing to the NCAA regionals as a team would be huge for us."