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A Wolverine of a Summer, Part One

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Everyone loves the summer time. You get to go to water parks, out on the boat, hiking and so forth. Some might travel quite a bit, like former UVU women’s golfer Kim Nyhus Hunt. Here is a new edition to One Team All Green: a segment every couple of weeks that focuses on what some of the amazing student-athletes or teams are doing throughout their summer vacations.

It will feature everything from UVU men’s golfer Blair Bursey winning the Hamilton Golf & Country Club Amateur Title to a UVU hoops player in the Finnish Army. We hope you like it.

Summer Trip to Remember

It seems that former UVU women’s golfer Kim Nyhus Hunt and her new husband, Tyler, decided to get away and I mean away for the summer.

Using the hashtag #aroundtheworldin47days the two have traveled to Sydney, Australia, the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand, London, Norway, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Paris, South Africa and other amazing places.

It’s been fun following it on Instagram. We will have more on their trip as Kim promised to give us a detailed rundown. 

UVU golfer continues to impress

First-Team All-WAC performer Blair Bursey started his season off by winning the Hamilton Golf & Country Club Amateur Title on June 8. Photo courtesy of UVU Athletics.

Blair Bursey earned First Team All-WAC honors in 2017. The junior from Gander, Newfoundland has had his share of success all year. He recorded a top-20 finish at the WAC Championship, his seventh such feat of the season. Bursey led the Wolverines with a 72.65 scoring average, which is the seventh-best mark in UVU history.

Well, he can add another trophy the impressive case. On June 8, Bursey won the Hamilton Golf & Country Club Men’s Invitational by one stroke over travelling partner, Garrett Rank. Bursey tallied one double-bogey, three bogeys, five birdies and 17 pars . 

“I never thought much of winning today. I was just trying to put together some solid shots and I was fortunate to keep the ball in play most of the day,” said Bursey in a statement to Golf Canada.

No matter what his thoughts were, Bursey continues to impress and we are looking forward to his senior season at UVU.

From the hardwood to military training

Yes, you read that correctly. UVU men’s basketball underclassman Joonas Tahvanainen has had an interesting summer. The sophomore forward has to return to his home country of Finland and finish his mandatory military service.

UVU hoopster Joona Tahvanainen is completing military service in his home country of Finland over the summer. Photo courtesy of UVU Athletics.

“Every Finnish man has to serve,” said Tahvanainen in a statement to “I’m doing my service in the Finnish Defense Forces in the Guard Jaeger Regiment. My military service lasts 165 days. I served 107 days last summer, so I came back to Finland this summer to serve my final 58 days.”

Combat exercises, weapon training, and learning war tactics in the dark forests of Finland are all part of Tahvanainen’s summer. Think you could handle training from 6 a.m. to 9 in the evening? It might not sound like the best summer activity. However, Tahvanainen gets the opportunity to be home and visit his family. But his ultimate goal is to get back to Orem and get ready for the 2017-18 campaign that begins Nov. 11 at Kentucky.

These are just a few of the stories of student-athletes engaging in unorthodox activities throughout their summer break. We will have more throughout the summer including what members of the UVU men’s soccer team are doing in the PDL and other summer leagues. If you are a student-athlete who has an interesting story to tell of your summer break, hit us up. We would love to hear them.


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