Spring Season Begins For Cowboy Golf at the Rice Intercollegiate

Feb. 17, 2007

HOUSTON, Texas -

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In their first tournament of the new year, the University of Wyoming men's golf team shot scores of 321 (+33) and 333 (+45) on Saturday at the Rice Intercollegiate in Houston, Texas. UW's total of 654 (+78) places them 13th of 13 teams.

Heading south to find better golf weather didn't exactly pan out for UW, as the Cowboys played the first 36 holes of their spring season in windy conditions and cold temperatures that were mostly in the 40s.

"Today was arguably the most difficult weather conditions that we've played in since I've been here," said Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen. "As a team this was our first chance to play outside and see green grass since last fall, and when you couple the weather with a challenging golf course it makes for a tough way to begin the spring, but that said, we have to start somewhere. It's as early in the spring as we've ever played, but it will make our program better.

"There are some good things we can take from today, because we're striking the ball well. We're just rusty around the greens and as a program we will improve our short game.

"The guys are pleased to be outside and competing, emotions are good and they'll keep fighting. This is an invaluable experience for them."

Playing for the Cowboys in this event are seniors Jeff Franks and Niel King, junior Ryne Paulson, and freshmen Max Curnow and Casey Ruff. Franks and King had the best scores for the Pokes through two rounds, 161 (+17).

Sam Houston State leads the team standings at 606 (+22), while College of Charleston's Harrison Moore is the individual leader at 143 (-1).

One final round of 18 holes will be played on Sunday. The 54-hole tournament is being held at the Westwood GC, par 72 and measuring 7,184 yards.