COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Wyoming men’s golf team sits in sixth place after the first day of the Gene Miranda Invitational at the Eisenhower Golf Club on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy. The Brown and Gold finished at 596 strokes (+20) on the day, with senior Ryan Wallen’s score of 143 (-1) leading the way. Wallen followed a morning round of 75 (+3) with an afternoon score of 68 (-4), the second-best round of the afternoon.
“The conditions were very difficult,” head coach Joe Jensen said following Saturday’s 36 holes. “The golf course is difficult in itself and it was very windy today. I saw a lot of good things out of all of the guys. Obviously, Ryan [Wallen] shooting a 68 in the afternoon was a great score. Our thought process is just to come out and play hard tomorrow and see what happens. We’ll see if we can climb up into the top three or four [teams],” he said.
Wallen began his afternoon round with three birdies in his first five holes, picking up two more birdies on holes No. 9 and 10. The senior leader was unfazed by a bogey and double-bogey on the back nine, finishing his round with an eagle on the 434-yard 18th hole to secure the second-best round of the afternoon.
Junior Glenn Workman finished with a score of 151 (+7) to tie for 35th on Saturday, UW’s second-best performance. Fellow junior Drew McCullough was just one stroke behind, riding an afternoon 74 to move into a tie for 41st place (+8) after a morning round of 78. Junior Quintin Pope recorded a score of 77 in both rounds and is tied for 53rd (+10) after the first day of competition in Colorado Springs, while junior Arron Lickteig is tied for 58th (+12).
Sunday’s 18-hole final will begin at 7:30 a.m. MT from the Blue Course at the Eisenhower Golf Club. Lickteig will tee off at 8:33 a.m. to begin the day for the Cowboys, while Pope, McCullough, Workman and Wallen will each tee off in nine-minute intervals after Lickteig.
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