Cowboy Golf Team Begins 2001 Spring Season

Feb. 12, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Windance Country Club inGulfport, Miss., was the site on Monday as the University of Wyoming men'sgolf team teed off in its first tournament of the 2001 spring season.Wyoming finished the first day of competition in ninth place at theUniversity of Southern Mississippi Beau Rivage Classic. The Cowboys shot a36-hole total of 612, and are tied for ninth with Middle Tennessee State.Sam Houston State leads the team competition at 595. The final 18-holeround will be played on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Kurt Kowaluk posted the low score for the Cowboys with rounds of 76and 76 for a 152 total. Kowaluk, a redshirt sophomore from Lively, Ontario,is tied for 28th place out of 83 competitors.

All five of the Cowboys are grouped closely in the field. SeniorJake Hunter of Page, Ariz., and freshman Mike Mezei from Lethbridge,Alberta, are tied for 35th at 154. Junior Mike Urbatchka of Sheridan, Wyo.,is tied for 41st at 155, and senior David Hearn shot a 36-hole total of 156to tie for 45th.

"We played solid golf for our first time out this spring," said UWmen's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "We hit a lot of good golf shotsconsidering we have been practicing inside all winter. We were just acouple of mistakes away each round today from being where we wanted to beafter the first day. We need to improve on our short games, but not havingplayed outside until we arrived here this weekend, I expected somerustiness.

"Kurt Kowaluk played two really consistent rounds of golf on Monday.David Hearn's suffering from a sore wrist, and that definitely affected hisplay today.

"Hopefully, everyone on the team can eliminate a couple of mistakestomorrow and get their scores down so we can finish up our first springtournament with a positive showing."

The final 18-hole round is scheduled to tee off at 7:30 a.m.,Eastern time on Tuesday. The Windance Country Club course measures 6,660yards and plays to a par of 72.

Below are Wyoming's individual scores after the first day of theBeau Rivage Classic, along with the first day team scores.

Wyoming individual results

Kurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) RSo. 76-76=152 T28thJake Hunter (Page, Ariz.) Sr. 75-79=154 T35thMike Mezei (Lethbridge, Alberta) Fr. 77-77=154 T35thMike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) Jr. 78-77=155 T41stDavid Hearn (Brantford, Ontario) Sr. 80-76=156 T45th

Final Team Standings

1. Sam Houston State 5952. Tennessee 5973. South Florida 5994. Southeastern Louisiana 6025. Louisville 6056. Louisiana Monroe 6067. Tulane 6078. Southern Mississippi 6109. Wyoming 612 Middle Tennessee State 61211. South Alabama 615 Memphis 615 Florida State 61514. Denver 62115. Cincinnati 62416. Troy State 626