Cowboys in 18th After First Round of Hawaii John Burns Intercollegiate

Feb. 21, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowboy golf team shotan opening round 299 on Wednesday at the University of Hawaii John BurnsIntercollegiate in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wyoming is in 18th place out of 19teams with two rounds remaining to be played, one on Thursday, Feb. 22 andone on Friday, Feb. 23.

The top individual for the Cowboys on Wednesday was freshman MikeMezei, who fired an even-par round 72. Mezei is tied for 30th out of 100golfers.

Stanford leads the team competition at 275. Alex Aragon of Stanfordand Michael Letzig of New Mexico are tied for the first round lead atsix-under par 66.

UW is playing without its No. 1 player, senior David Hearn, who isnot competing due to an injured wrist.

"Mike Mezei played a really nice round today," said Wyoming men'sgolf coach Roger Prenzlow. "He has been extremely consistent in his firstfour rounds this spring season. Mike was our top finisher in the firsttournament of the spring (finishing 35th at the Southern Mississippi BeauRivage Classic), and he's carried that over to this week. We aren't wherewe want to be in the team standings, but there are a number of teams groupedclosely together, and we still have two rounds to make a move. We had a fewmistakes, but all-in-all our guys hung in there and played pretty good. Wejust have to keep in mind that this is a 54-hole event. If we can come outand put up a good score tomorrow, we can get right back in the thick of thistournament."

Wyoming sophomore Kurt Kowaluk is tied for 59th at three-over par75. Three other Cowboys -- Jake Hunter, Kevin Kayden and Mike Urbatchka --all posted opening round scores of four-over par 76 to tie for 66th.

The John Burns Intercollegiate is being played at the Leleihua GolfCourse, which measures 6,917 yards and plays to a par of 72.

Below are Wyoming's first round individual scores for the John BurnsIntercollegiate, along with the team scores heading into Thursday's secondround.

Wyoming individual results

Mike Mezei (Lethbridge, Alberta) Fr. 72 T30thKurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) RSo. 75 T59thJake Hunter (Page, Ariz.) Sr. 76 T66thKevin Kayden (Fremont, Ohio) Sr. 76 T66thMike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) Jr. 76 T66th

Team Standings

1. Stanford 2752. Auburn 2783. New Mexico 2824. Arizona 2835. Colorado State 2846. UNLV 2857. SMU 286 Fresno State 2869. UTEP 28810. San Diego State 29111. San Jose State 29312. California 294 Hawaii 29414. Pacific 29615. Nagoya University 29716. Oklahoma State 298 Utah 29818. Wyoming 29919. Hawaii-Hilo 307