Tough Going for Cowboy Golf at the Rice Intercollegiate

Feb. 18, 2007

HOUSTON, Texas -

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The University of Wyoming men's golf team finished their first tournament of the spring season, the Rice Intercollegiate, with a score of 322 (+34) on Sunday in Houston, Texas. UW's two day total of 976 (+112) positioned them last of 13 teams.

Sam Houston State maintained their first day lead and won the team title with a total of 900 (+36) strokes, five better than runner-up Southeastern Louisiana. SE Louisiana's Aaron O'Callaghan shot a final round of 69 (-3) and won individual medalist honors after beating College of Charleston's Harrison Moore in a playoff. Both players finished at 217 (+1).

"It's too early in the spring to be negative about this tournament," said Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen. "We're going to keep positive. We had a good talk today as a team and I saw a lot of encouraging things from my guys. They know that we need to avoid the big numbers and mental mistakes.

"It's just weird that the first time we play outside this spring was at a tournament, but I'm going to echo what I said yesterday: We have to start somewhere."

UW's best finish came from senior Jeff Franks who shot 77 (+5) on Sunday and placed in a tie for 44th of 75 collegiate golfers. Franks' event total was 238 (+22) and he recorded a solid mark of ten birdies during the tournament. Cowboy redshirt senior Niel King was two strokes back of Franks at 240 (+24).

The 54-hole tournament was held at the Westwood Golf Course, par 72 and measuring 7,184 yards.

The Cowboys' will be right back in Houston for their next competition at the Houston All-American, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 26-27.