Wyoming Finishes in 18th at the U. of Hawaii John A. Burns Intercollegiate

Feb. 22, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men's golf team concluded its first tournament of the 2002 spring season on Friday, finishing 18th out of 20 teams at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns Intercollegiate. Wyoming shot a with a three-round total of 906.

The highlight for UW in Friday's final round was senior Mike Urbatchka's even par round of 72, which moved the Sheridan, Wyo., native into a tie for 35th place. Urbatchka moved up seven spots in the final round. Freshman Jonathan Shuss shot a one-over par round of 73, moving him up eight spots on Friday into a tie for 48th.

"We played a solid round today, but it could have been a really outstanding round if we would have finished stronger," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "We didn't put up quite the score on Friday that we did Thursday, primarily due to the final three holes. The guys lost their focus a little bit on those final three holes, and we lost some ground.

"The thing that is most encouraging to me coming out of this tournament is that over the last two rounds we finished in the top third of the field both rounds. We just have to work on putting together a complete tournament. That will come with playing more competitive rounds."

San Diego State led after each of the three rounds of the tournament, capturing the team title with a 54-hole total of 853. The Aztecs won the team competition by nine strokes over Auburn, 853 to 862. John Lieber of SDSU was the individual medalist, defeating Matthew Koama of Hawaii and Scott Carlyle of California by two strokes -- 207 to 209.

The tournament was played on the Leilehua Golf Course, which measured 6,917 yards and played to a par of 72.

Below are team scores and Wyoming's individual scores following Friday's final round.

Final Team Standings

1. San Diego State 8532. Auburn 8623. Pacific 8714. UNLV 874 New Mexico 8746. Arizona 878 California 8788. UCLA 8799. BYU 881 Colorado State 88111. Hawaii 88212. Denver 88413. Utah 89114. Hawaii-Hilo 89215. Nagoya 89616. San Jose State 89917. UTEP 90518. Wyoming 90619. San Francisco 91820. Hawaii-White 963

Wyoming Individual Results Cl. Scores Place

Mike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) Sr. 76-73-72=221 T35thJonathan Shuss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Fr. 80-71-73=224 T48thKurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) Jr. 80-70-77=227 T62ndMike Mezei (Lethbridge, Alberta) So. 82-76-77=235 T88thMatthew Brunk (Fort Collins, Colo.) Fr. 81-77-84=242 T99th