Feb. 27, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas -
Showing the progress their head coach had been hoping for, the University of Wyoming men's golf team knocked 12 strokes off of their previous round's score and turned in a final round team mark of 303 (+15) on Tuesday at the Houston All-American in Houston, Texas. Combined with rounds of 318 (+30) and 315 (+27) from Monday, the Cowboys totaled 936 (+72) and finished 11th of 11 teams at the event.
Four of five UW players equaled or bettered their event low score during the third round and freshman Brandon McCoy recorded a hole-in-one eagle on the 14th hole.
"Today's round was something to build off of," said Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen. "The kids feel better about the situation and that we're slowly making progress. They're growing as players. Our round-to-round improvement is a function of getting outside a little more, finding a rhythm and feeling comfortable on the golf course.
"Our total today was only three back of the host school Houston on one of their home courses. That gives us a good measuring stick to show our improvement and how we're becoming more competitive.
"There is a lot of optimism on the team right now and we'll look forward to a nice Spring Break trip in two weeks."
Kansas, with a score of 872 (+8), barely held on to their first day lead to win the team title, edging out Lamar by one stroke. Southeastern Louisiana and Middle Tennessee State tied for third at 878.
KU also took the top two individual spots, with Gary Woodland winning medalist honors at 211 (-5) and Tyler Docking runner-up at 215 (-1)
Wyoming counted a mark of 75 (+3) from senior Jeff Franks towards their team total, as well as three rounds of 76 (+4) from junior Ryne Paulson, redshirt senior Niel King and freshman Casey Ruff. Paulson's three-round total of 230 (+14) was UW's best and tied him for 49th in the field of 65 collegiate golfers.
The 54-hole event was played at Cypresswood Country Club, a par 72, 7,220 yard course.
The Pokes will have a couple weeks of practice before they travel to their next tournament, the Fresno State/Lexus Golf Classic, March 12-13 in Fresno, Calif.