Feb. 26, 2012
PALM DESERT, Calif. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team concluded the second and third rounds of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on Sunday, at the Classic Club golf course in Palm Desert, Calif. After the second round was suspended due to fading sunlight on Saturday, the teams concluded the second round of action on Sunday and played the third and final round. After 54 holes the Cowboys finished the tournament in 22nd place of the 24-team field with a final team score of 912 (+48). Junior Clinton Boutelle finished the event as UW's highest finisher with a 54-hole total of 227 (+11), which tied him for 78th place of the 120-man field.
"We really dug ourselves a hole after the first round," Cowboy golf head coach Joe Jensen said. "We were just not as sharp as we needed to be, but that is to be expected this is our first event of the spring. Overall I saw some good things and I think everyone got better with each round they played."
The Cowboys finished the second round of the Desert Intercollegiate on Sunday, after darkness ended the round early on Saturday. As a team, the Cowboys shot a second round 303 (+15). Firing the best second round for the Pokes was Boutelle who shot an even-par 72. Also in the second round, senior Michael May finished with a 75 (+3). Sophomore Eddie Stewart shot a second round 76 (+4), while fellow sophomore Eric Parish shot an eight-over 80. Senior Casey Ruff shot an 82 (+10) in the second round. As a team, the Cowboys were in 23rd place after two rounds of play.
Wyoming improved its team score in the third round shooting an 11-over 299, finishing it in 22nd place with a three-round team score of 912 (+48). May shot the Cowboys low round in the third round firing a 73 (+1), which gave him a final tally of 232 (+16) and tied him for 98th place. On May's final hole, the 54th hole of the tournament, he recorded a hole-in-one eagle on the par three second hole. Boutelle finished the third round with a 74 (+2) tying him for his 78th place finish (227, +11). Wyoming's next best third round came from Ruff who shot a 75 (+3) giving him a 54-hole total of 233 (+17) tying him for 102nd place. Stewart fired a third round 77 (+5) which gave him a three-round total of 230 (+14) and tied him for 92nd place. Parish finished the event with a final round 79 (+7) giving him a final tally of 235 (+19) which gave him 109th place.
"I was pleased that we improved every round and I know my guys are starting to get the confidence back in their golf swing," Jensen said. "We are not that far away, just a couple shots from each guy can put us where we need to be. I know our preparation is there and I think we are really close to being a good golf team this spring.
Taking home the individual medalist honors at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate was UNLV's Kevin Penner who took the lead after the second round and held on for a one-stroke victory in the third round. He finished with a three-round total of 209 (-7). Tying for second place with a 54-hole score of 210 (-6) were Baylor's Joakim Mikkelsen, UNLV's Derek Ernst and Kent State's Corey Conners. Texas Tech's Clement Sordet, Auburn's Blayne Barber and UNLV's Blake Biddle all tied for fifth place with a three-round total of 211 (-5).
Penner and Ernst led the way for UNLV to take home this season's Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate team championship with a final team score of 844 (-20). Taking second place as a team was Texas Tech who finished with a team score of 851 (-13). Auburn finished the event in third place with a score of 855 (-9). Saint Mary's (California) finished in fourth place with a three round team score of 861 (-3). Rounding out the top five were SMU and Texas A&M, who tied for fifth with a score of 862 (-2).
The Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate was played at the Classic Club, a Troon Golf property, in Palm Desert, Calif. The Classic Club measures 7305 yards and is a par 72.
"I want to make sure to thank the Classic Club, Troon Golf, Brady Wilson and the Classic Club staff for helping us host an excellent event," Jensen said. "This type of national event would not be possible without the excellent people that run this golf course. The course was in great shape this weekend and they made the play very fair. I also want to thank our sponsor Cleveland Golf for helping us put this event on."
Next up for the Cowboys will be the Callaway Golf Collegiate Invitational on March 12-13 in San Diego, Calif.