FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Drew McCullough carded a final round score of 69 (-1) to move up six spots and take seventh place at the Ram Masters Invitational on Friday, leading the Wyoming men’s golf team to a ninth-place overall finish. McCullough recorded a score of 209 (-1) for the tournament, while teammate Ryan Wallen moved into a tie for 17th place at 215 (+5) after a brilliant final round score of 67 (-3).
McCullough and Wallen each started Tuesday’s final round on the right note, posting birdies on the 575-yard first hole at the Fort Collins Country Club. McCullough added three more birdies on the front nine while Wallen ended his round with four straight birdies to move from 1-over par to 3-under par in the space of five holes. Wallen’s 67 tied for the third-best round in the 100-golfer field on Tuesday, while McCullough’s 69 was tied for fifth-best on the day.
McCullough showed tremendous consistency during the tournament, shooting 70-70-69. He tied for second in the field with 15 birdies and finished third for average score on par-four holes at 3.97. Wallen and junior Quintin Pope tied for eighth in the field in pars, each posting 36 during the two-day tournament.
Arron Lickteig was the Cowboys’ third finisher, going 73-72-75 to finish in a tie for 41st place at 220 (+10). Pope finished in a tie for 70th place with a score of 227 (+17), while Glenn Workman tied for 87th at 232 (+22).
As a team, the Cowboys posted a final round score of 286 (+6), the fourth-best of the day. Wyoming finished the 54-hole tournament with a score of 871 (+31), moving up two spots on Tuesday to finish just one stroke behind Nebraska. The Cowboys were one of just six teams in the 17-team field to move up in the team standings on Tuesday and tied for sixth in the field with a tournament total of 36 birdies. Host Colorado State won the tournament at 844 (+4), while Nevada was second at 851 (+11) and Wichita State was third at 853 (+13).
“It’s a golf course that takes patience and it’s a great test,” UW head coach Joe Jensen said of the Fort Collins Country Club. “That’s what makes Ryan [Wallen]’s and Drew [McCullough]’s rounds really exceptional. We liked moving up a little bit, but our finish was a result of the hole we dug yesterday. It’s a great learning experience, and the kids are resilient. They’ll be ready to go on Friday.”
The Cowboys begin the second of three tournaments in a nine-day stretch on Friday with a trip to Albuquerque, N.M., for the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. After two days in Albuquerque, the Cowboys will travel to Boulder, Colo., for the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite on Sept. 26-27. Follow @wyo_golf on Twitter for news and updates.