Feb. 25, 2012
PALM DESERT, Calif. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team began their spring season hosting the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif., on Saturday. Play was suspended at 5:50 p.m. PT because of darkness with each group still playing the second round of the tournament. After the first round the Cowboys sit in 23rd place of the 24-team field with a team score of 310 (+22). Senior Casey Ruff and sophomore Eric Parish had the best first round for the Pokes shooting a four-over 76. Their scores tied them for 75th place of the 120-man field.
"I kind of sensed that today might be a struggle," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "I know my guys preparation is there. I could knew that my guys felt ok, but not great about their game's going into our first round of the season. I know we will get better, my guys we a little nervous and I know we will progress. I think we were a little more composed in the second round. I hope we can finish the second round tomorrow strong and come out in the third round and maybe see if we can't finish in the top 10 or 15."
Leading the way for the Cowboys were Ruff and Parish with their rounds of four-over 76. Redshirt Freshman Eddie Stewart finished the first round with a final tally of 77 (+5) which put him in a tie for 87th place. Junior Clinton Boutelle shot a first round 81 (+9) tying him for 110th place. Senior Michael May finished the first round with a score of 84 (+12), which put him in a tie for 118th place.
At the top of the team leaderboard after the first round is UNLV with a team total of 279 (-9). Trailing the Rebels are Auburn in second with a team tally of 280 (-8), Kent State in third with a score of 282 (-6), St. Mary's (California) in fourth with a team score of 284 (-4) and UT Arlington in fifth with a score of 285 (-3).
Leading the individual scoring is Auburn's Niclas Carlsson with a first round tally of 66 (-6). Tied for second place with a first round score of 67 (-5) are UNLV's Kevin Penner, Auburn's Blayne Barber and Kent State's Corey Conners. Rounding out the top five is UT Arlington's Hunter Brown with a score of 69 (-3).
The second round will begin at 7:30 a.m. PT Sunday with each group continuing where they left off. The final round of the tournament will begin immediately following the completion of the second round.