Feb. 26, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas -
The University of Wyoming men's golf team turned in team scores of 318 (+30) and 315 (+27) at the Houston All-American on Monday in Houston, Texas. The Cowboys' total of 633 (+57) puts them 11th of 11 teams at the event.
Despite their last place standing, the Cowboys are improved over their marks last week in Houston at the Rice Intercollegiate, when UW shot 321, 333 and 322.
Kansas is atop the team standings at 584 (+8), with Middle Tennessee State and the event-host Houston Cougars two strokes back at 586. Lamar and Southeastern Louisiana stand at 587.
"This spring we are looking to build a foundation and then improve on it," said Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen. "Our scores are a little better than they were last week, so believe it or not, this looks worse than it is. We'll grow into the season and really, this is the way it is every year we play in February. As a program we choose to play these kind of events early in the spring and if the guys understand the purpose then they will be better players for it.
"Due to the cold winter weather back home, every round we've played this spring has been at a tournament, but we are improving with each round. Our mistakes are mainly mental, but correctable, so even though we're not sharp I'm seeing some good physical things and am encouraged."
Gary Woodland of Kansas leads the race for individual medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 140 (-2). Two strokes back are Jordan Irwin of Houston and Chas Narramore of Middle Tennessee State.
Wyoming's best total came from junior Ryne Paulson who carded rounds of 78 (+6) and 76 (+4). His two-round total of 154 (+10) is tied for 46th in the field of 65 collegiate golfers.
One final 18-hole round will take place Tuesday morning. The 54-hole event is being played at Cypresswood Country Club, a par 72, 7,220 yard course.