Feb. 22, 2013
PALM DESERT, Calif. -
The University of Wyoming men's golf team began play at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif., on Friday, finishing the day in 15th place of 17 teams with a final tally of 308 (+20). Junior Eddie Stewart led the Cowboys scoring firing a 75 (+3) to finish tied for 48th place of the 100-man field.
"This is our first chance to see green grass in a while and we have done a good job so far of preparing," Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen said. "There is some good stuff there but we are just rusty. It is our first round of the spring and the first since we finished the fall in late September. It is going to get better. I saw a lot of good things and the bad things I did see I knew were going to happen, in that we just made some execution mistakes after not playing in four months."
Following behind Stewart was senior Clinton Boutelle, playing in his first event of the 2012-13 season, who tied for 57th place with a score of 76 (+4). Junior Brent Baylon finished two strokes behind Boutelle carding a first round 78 (+6) to tie for 70th place. Sophomore Jake Hedge finished the day tied for 76th place with a score of 79 (+7). Junior Eric Parish, playing as an individual, also finished tied for 76th place with a score of 79 (+7). Also playing as an individual and in his first tournament as a Cowboy, redshirt sophomore P.J. Thomas finished tied for 88th place with a score of 81 (+9). Freshman Kamrin Allen rounded out the UW scoring with a 10-over 82 to tie for 95th place.
"This was Clinton's first round in almost nine months after coming back from injury and I think he played pretty well," Jensen said. "Kamrin played a little tentative today, which is not like him. Usually he is very aggressive and confident and I know he will get back to playing that way."
Leading as a team after day one was TCU who fired an 11-under 277. St. Mary's (California), San Francisco and Texas Tech tied for second place with a score of 284 (-4). Rounding out the top five was Oregon State after shooting a three-over 291. Idaho finished round one in sixth place with a score of 295 (+7), followed by Cal Poly and Nebraska who tied for seventh with a final tally of 296 (+8). Wichita State and Kansas are tied for ninth place with a score of 299 (+11), followed by Iowa State in 11th (300, +12), Santa Clara in 12th (301, +13), Arkansas-Little Rock in 13th (302, +14) and Louisiana Monroe in 14th with a score of 304 (+16). The Pokes finished the day nine shots out of eighth place with their 308 (+20). Trailing the Cowboys is Southern Utah and George Mason who are tied for 16th with a score of 309 (+21).
"There is a lot of golf left and we are just a few shots out of eighth place," Jensen said. "We are going to keep working hard and build on the good things we did today. We are also going to eliminate our rust and execution mistakes."
TCU's Julien Brun and Texas Tech's Clement Sordet tied for the first round individual lead with a four-under 68. Tied for third place are TCU's Eli Cole and St. Mary's Jonathan De Los Reye who carded a first round 69 (-3). Eight players are tied for fifth place after shooting a two-under 70 in the first round.
The Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate will continue on Saturday with round two beginning with tee times at 7:30 a.m. PT.