Feb. 27, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas -
Three and a half months after playing their last tournament, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers had a difficult time on Monday in their return to the course at the All-American Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Houston. The Cowboys are struggling at the rear of the 13-team field after rounds of 316 (+28) and 309 (+21) to open the event.
"I am disappointed, but realistic about today's rounds," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "I did not expect us to come straight from hitting indoors at War Memorial Fieldhouse to shooting our best rounds here at this tournament. This is literally the first time we have played outdoors and seen green grass. However, we had a lot of mistakes today, were very rusty and we need to clean that up. We have to overcome that. It's like this for us every year to begin the spring, but I know the ability of these guys and I feel pretty good that they will start putting it together. Our attitudes are good, which will go a long way towards getting us going in the right direction. We will play better tomorrow."
The Pokes were paced by redshirt senior Matthew Brunk who had rounds of 77 (+5) and 74 (+2), which puts him in a tie for 38th place of 75 individuals. UW junior Jeff Franks recovered from a tough opening mark of 79 (+7) to close with a solid round of 74 (+2).
Houston leads their own event with a two-round total of 566 strokes (-10). Colorado is in second place at 573 (-3). Kansas is a distant third at 583 (+7).
Kevin Fortin-Simard of Memphis leads the individual standings after scoring 69 (-3) and 67 (-5) for a 36-hole total of 136 (-8). One stroke back is Daniel Willet of Jacksonville State at 137 (-7), followed by Zach Mowbray of Houston with 139 (-5). Four players totaled 141 (-3) for a fourth place tie.
One final round of 18 holes will conclude the tournament on Tuesday.
The tournament is being played on The Tradition course at Cyresswood Golf Club in Houston. The course measures 7,220 yards and plays to a par of 72.
This is the first time since 1997 that the All-American Intercollegiate has been played. However, the tournament boasts of a long and rich history.
Begun in 1955 under legendary head coach Dave Williams, the All-American Intercollegiate was played every season through the 1997 campaign. The host Cougars walked away with records of 22 team championships and 21 individual crowns at their own tournament.