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Devon Purser earned All-Big Sky Conference Second Team honors at the 2016 All-Conference Men's Golf awards on Monday, May 2. Wildcats placed fifth in the Big Sky Championship. (Source: Weber State Athletics)

While some students celebrated the end of the semester and the beginning of summer, the Weber State University men’s golf team was in Boulder City, Nevada, from April 29 to May 1 to compete in the Big Sky Conference Championship.

The Wildcats ended their season by placing fifth in the championship.

In the final round, the Wildcats shot a team score of 293, earning a tournament total of 879. Senior Colton Dallimore and freshman Jaece Stokes were the lead scorers for WSU in the championship, earning even-par score of 72.

“It was an amazing experience and opportunity,” Stokes said.

Dallimore had three birdies and an eagle, finishing the tournament in 12th place with 217, tied with Landon Azevedo of Sacramento State.

Stokes rebounded from the second round with an 84 with three birdies and a hole-in-one, finishing with a score of 72 for the day, 229 for the tournament, moving him up to tied for 34th with Lucas Sapin of Hartford.

“I would have liked to play better over all three days,” Stoke said. “But now, I know what it takes. I will be better prepared for the championship next year.”

Senior Devon Purser finished 14th overall in the championships with a score of 219. Purser had two birdies and a pair of eagles in the final day to earn a score of 74.

Purser earned All-Big Sky Conference Second Team honors at the 2016 All-Conference Men’s Golf awards on Monday, May 2.

Purser earned a team-best score of 73.2 stroke average during his senior season. He led the team with six top-20 finishes, three inside the top-10, in the 2015-2016 season.

Sophomore Alex Herzog finished in 17th, with a total score of 221 after posting a pair of birdies en route to a 76 on the final day.

Herzog tied with Bradley Collet of Southern Utah, Jacob Dehne of North Dakota, Conner Barr of Northern Colorado, Owen Taylor of Sacramento State and Matthew DePalma of Hartford.

Senior Lee Shepherd finished his final round with a score of 75, earning 33rd overall with a total score of 228.

Idaho was the top finisher of the Big Sky Conference Championships with a total score of 842, beating Sacramento State to overtake the title they earned in 2015.

Sacramento State fell short with a total score of 849.

“I can’t wait for the next season,” Stokes said. “The opportunities I have had this year have better prepared me a strong sophomore year.”

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