Feb. 24, 2013
PALM DESERT, Calif. -
Playing in his first tournament of the 2012-13 season, University of Wyoming senior men's golfer Clinton Boutelle led the Cowboy scoring through three rounds of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate finishing tied for 36th place of the 100-man field at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. Boutelle finished the tournament with a 54-hole score of 224 (+8) after carding a final round 73 (+1) moving up 11 places on the individual leaderboard. The Cowboys finished the tournament in 14th place of the 17-team field with a final team score of 921 (+57) after shooting a final round 314 (+26).
"This was a very nice event as it always is," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "I have already received some emails and calls from teams who really enjoyed the event. That is a testament to the staff here at the Classic Club and everyone who made this event happen. The course was in excellent shape and we could not have asked for the event to run smoother.
From a team stand point I am very disappointed with our round today. Our round was not poor because of physical limitations, but poor because of lack of focus and mental toughness. I was disappointed because we were so close to a great finish after yesterday's round, but we are just rusty. From a program stand point I saw a lot more good things than I did bad during the weekend, but we just need to keep working hard. That being said, I was very happy with how Clinton played this weekend. This was his first tournament in almost nine months and he really played well."
Boutelle led the Cowboys tying for 36th place, he was followed by junior Eddie Stewart who shot a final round 80 (+8) to finished tied for 52nd place with a three-round total of 228 (+12). Junior Brent Baylon was the Pokes next highest finisher tying for 69th place after firing a final round 77 (+5) to finish with a final tally of 233 (+17). Playing as an individual for the Cowboys, redshirt sophomore P.J. Thomas carded the second-best third round on the team of 74 (+2) to finish the event tied for 78th place with a score of 236 (+20). Also playing as an individual, junior Eric Parish finished tied with Thomas for 78th place after firing a 79 (+7). Freshman Kamrin Allen shot a final round 84 (+12) to finish tied for 84th place with a score of 239 (+23). Sophomore Jake Hedge finished the event in 97th place after shooting a final round 85 (+13) to finish with a score of 244 (+28).
Winning the team championship was TCU with a three-round final score of 845 (-19). The Horned Frogs were the only team under par for the event and were just one stroke off the team tournament record of 844 (-20) set by UNLV at the 2012 event. Finishing second was St. Mary's with a three-round score of 870 (+6). San Francisco and Texas Tech tied for third place with a final score of 874 (+10). Rounding out the top five was Oregon State who finished with an 11-over 875.
Taking home the individual championship was TCU's Julien Brun who fired a tournament-record 206 (-10). Finishing second was Brun's teammate Eli Cole who finished with a 54-hole total of 211 (-5). Texas Tech's Finley Ewing IV followed Brun and Cole in third with a score of 213 (-3). St. Mary's Jonathan De Los Reye took fourth place with a score of 214 (-2). Tying for fifth place with a score of 215 (-1) were TCU's Daniel Jennevert, Oregon State's Nick Sherwood and Nebraska's Kolton Lapa.
The Cowboys will be off for the next two weeks before returning the course on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17 at the University of Arizona-National Invitational Tournament at Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.
"We have two weeks before we have to go play again and we need to be competitive in a very good tournament," Jensen said.