Cowboy Golfers Open Spring Season

February 9, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming sophomoreDavid Hearn (Brantford, Ontario) had an outstanding first tournament of the1999 spring season, placing 12th out of 96 golfers at The BridgesAll-American hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi Feb. 8 and 9in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Hearn shot a three-round score of 221 (72-74-75) --five over par.

Wyoming ended with a 54-hole total of 933, finishing 18th in the19-team field. It was the first time the Cowboys were able to get outsidethis spring. The Pokes improved each round of the three-round event,shooting a 315 the first round followed by a 310 and a 308 in the finalround.

"David (Hearn) played extremely well," said UW men's golf coachRoger Prenzlow. "To play the way he did on that golf course, this early inthe season, is a great accomplishment. David had an excellent fall season,and he picked up right where he left off.

"As a team we struggled in our short games. But the guys hit somegreat golf shots these past two days, and that is encouraging. Coming frompracticing inside all winter to playing the first round of the springwithout the benefit of some practice rounds, we knew it was going to betough. We also knew this tournament would be very challenging because itfeatured a field made up almost exclusively of southern schools.

"It was a positive trip in that it gave us an opportunity to playthree competitive rounds early in the spring. Now we have almost a monthuntil our next competition. Hopefully, in the next four weeks the weatherwill allow us to get outside, play some practice rounds and work on ourgames, particularly our short games."

The Bridges All-American was played at The Bridges Golf Club in BaySt. Louis, Miss. The course measured 6,941 yards and played to a par of 72.

Wyoming's next tournament is Thursday and Friday, March 4-5 at thePacific Coast Intercollegiate in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Cowboy Golfers          Place           Score           David Hearn              12th            221Jake Hunter              74th            236Kevin Kayden             90th            241Mike Urbatchka           93rd            244Kurt Kowaluk             94th            246