Feb. 23, 2013
PALM DESERT, Calif. -
The University of Wyoming men's golf team moved up two places on the leaderboard during round two of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate finishing the day in 13th place with a two-round score of 607 (+31) at the Classic Club in Palm Desert , Calif., on Saturday. The Cowboys fired the eighth-best round of the day at 299 (+11) finishing in 13th place of the 17-team field. They were led by junior Eddie Stewart and freshman Kamrin Allen who carded one-over rounds of 73. Stewart's round moved him up 22 places between rounds on the individual leaderboard to finish tied for 26th of the 100-man field with a two-round total of 148 (+4). Allen made the biggest jump up the leaderboard of any Cowboy improving 26 places to finish tied for 69th place with a 36-hole total of 155 (+11).
"I feel good about getting though day two of the event," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "It has been a lot of work, but the staff here has been excellent and the golf course in great shape. I feel better about the Cowboys. I am pleased with the way Eddie played a solid second round. He got off to a decent start and kept it going. I would like him to continue his solid play and put together three good rounds. I am also very happy with how Kamrin came back and played a lot better today. We are still not as sharp as I would like us to be and we are still making some metal mistakes, but for the most part I like what I see and I know there are good things there."
Following Stewart and Allen's rounds was senior Clinton Boutelle who improved by three strokes between rounds carding a 75 (+3) to finish tied for 45th place with a two-round score of 151 (+7). Junior's Brent Baylon and Eric Parish both shot six-over rounds of 78 in the second round. Baylon finished the day tied for 75th place with a score of 156 (+12). Parish playing from one of the Cowboys individual places finished the day one stroke behind Baylon with a score of 157 (+13) tying him for 80th place. Sophomore Jake Hedge closed the second round with an eight-over 80 finishing tied for 90th place with a two-round tally of 159 (+15). Playing from the other individual place, redshirt sophomore P.J. Thomas shot an 81 (+9) in the second round to finish in 95th place with a score of 162 (+18).
Three players in TCU's Julien Brun, Texas Tech's Finley Ewing IV and St. Marys' Jonathan De Los Reye are tied atop the individual leaderboard with 36-hole scores of 139 (-5). In fourth place is San Francisco's Cory McElyea who is two strokes behind the leaders with a score of 141 (-3). Three TCU players in Eli Cole, Paul Barjon and Pontus Gad as well as Texas Tech individual Matias Dominguez are tied for fifth place with a score of 142 (-2).
TCU leads the team scores with a two-round tally of 565 (-11), followed by Texas Tech in second with a score of 576 (E), St. Mary's in third with a score of 578 (+2), San Francisco in fourth with a 579 (+3) and Oregon State rounds out the top five with a six-over 582 two-round score. In sixth is Wichita State with a two-round total of 595 (+19). Following the Shockers is Cal Poly in seventh with a score of 597 (+21), Iowa State in eighth with a 24-over 600, Nebraska is in ninth with a score of 601 (+25) followed by Idaho and Kansas who are tied for 10th with a score of 603 (+27). Southern Utah is currently in 12th with a score of 606 (+30). Just one stroke out of 12th and four strokes out of 10th are the Cowboys who are in 13th place with a score of 607 (+31).
"We are only seven shots out of eighth place and that is not insurmountable in one round," Jensen said. "Ahead of us is pretty bunched up and I would like to have another round of improvement. If we can improve tomorrow I think we have a good chance of moving up the leaderboard. I want us to just keep improving from day to day."
Third and final round play of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate will begin with tee times at 7:20 PT on Sunday morning.