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UVU golf: Utah Valley sits atop 17-team leaderboard at Loyola Golf Invitational

Sophomore JT Timmons hits the ball. He is tied for the top spot at the Loyola Golf Invitational in Phoenix after shooting a first round score 5-under par 67 on Sunday.
Sophomore JT Timmons hits the ball. He is tied for the top spot at the Loyola Golf Invitational in Phoenix after shooting a first round score 5-under par 67 on Sunday.
Chelsy Erickson, UVU Athletics

The Utah Valley University men's golf team sits atop the 17-team leaderboard at the Loyola Golf Invitational after shooting an 8-under par 280 on Sunday at the Palm Valley Golf Club. The Wolverines head into second round play on Monday with a five-stroke lead over second place Missouri.

Three Wolverines rank in the top 10 individually after one round of play. Sophomore JT Timmons sits in a tie for the lead at 5-under par 67. Timmons recorded six birdies on the day, including four on the front nine.

"I'm proud of how the guys battled today," Utah Valley head coach Chris Curran said. "The wind was up and made conditions tough. To have four guys finish at par or better is awesome. JT (Timmons) putted the ball beautifully. We have a lot of golf left to play but we put ourselves in a good spot."

Senior Brayden Eriksen sits in a tie for fifth after shooting a 2-under par 70 with four birdies, including three on the front nine. Senior Michael Dart carded a 1-under 71 to place him in a tie for ninth with two rounds to play.

Freshman Blair Bursey is in a tie for 17th after recording an even par 72. Bursey connected on three birdies on the day. Senior Preston Richards rounded out the scoring for Utah Valley with a 6-over par 78 to sit in a tie for the 72nd spot.

The Wolverines head into second round play on Monday with a five-shot lead over Missouri (285) and a 10-shot advantage over DePaul, which sits in second and third place, respectively.

The Wolverines continue play at the Loyola Golf Invitational with second round play on Monday. The third and final round will be played Tuesday. Live scoring will be available on UVU's website, with links to Golfstat.

Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.