LARAMIE, Wyo. – Wyoming men’s golf returns to the Catalina Course at the Omni Tucson Resort in Tucson, Ariz., for the 2017 Mountain West Championship. The 11-team field will play 54 holes over three days, beginning on Friday and concluding on Sunday.
The five competitors for the Cowboys will be senior Ryan Wallen, juniors Drew McCullough, Glenn Workman, and Arron Lickteig, and sophomore John Murdock. Wallen brings three years of experience at the Mountain West Championship, while McCullough and Lickteig have competed in each of the last two conference championships. Workman represented the Cowboys in the 2015 event.
The Cowboys finished sixth at last year’s conference championship. After sitting in 8th after 18 holes, UW moved up to 7th on day two and finally up to sixth in the final round. The Cowboys played the last 18 holes at seven under, the second-lowest score of any team. McCullough posted the low score for Wyoming, tying for sixth with a 211 (-5). Wallen finished tied for 15th with a score of 214 (-2), while Lickteig tied for 30th, tallying a 219 (+3).
“We’re doing what we talked about all season,” UW head coach Joe Jensen said. “Two of the three rounds last week were really solid. It’s not only how we played but how the guys are treating it. Being more confident, more focused. I think we can we win, I can talk about it, but we won’t until the guys believe it. And last week I started to believe it. So going into the conference championship, we want to play our style first and foremost. Prepare hard, focus on the process, have fun and see what happens. We all know that if we play three complete rounds the way we’re capable of playing, we’ll be in the mix.”
UNLV enters the tournament as the top-ranked team in the MW at No. 14 according to GolfStat’s national ranking. San Diego State is second at No. 36. New Mexico (No. 45) and Colorado State (No. 80) round out the group of MW teams ranked in the top 100. Wyoming is sixth at No. 101. First-round pairings are based on GolfStat rankings, grouping the Cowboys with the Wolf Pack on Thursday.
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