Feb. 26, 2011
PALM DESERT, Calif. -
The Wyoming Cowboys completed the first round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on Saturday tied for 10th place out a field of 20 college teams. The Cowboys shot a first round score of 305 as a team, which is 17 over par, to tie with Boise State and Denver. Saturday's scheduled second round was cut short due to darkness. One foursome was unable to finish the second round, and so the second round will be concluded at 7 a.m., Pacific Time on Sunday morning to be followed immediately by the third and final round.
The Texas A&M Aggies lead the Third Annual Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, with a first-round team total of 294, six-over par. They lead UNLV by three strokes. The Rebels shot an opening round nine-over par 297. SMU and Santa Clara are tied for third with 11-over par scores of 299. Individually, Tom Carlson of New Mexico leads the event heading into Sunday with a three-under par round of 69. He was one of only three players to shoot sub-par rounds to open the tournament. UNLV's Kevin Penner is one stroke back of Carlson at 70, and Glen Scher from UC Santa Barbara is two strokes back of the leader at 71.
The tournament is being played on the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. The course measures 7,305 yards and plays to a par of 72.
"It is evident from all the teams' scores that this is a golf course that was built for a PGA event," said UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen. "This is a great opportunity for our players to play on a premier golf course.
"This is our third year hosting this event at the Classic Club in Palm Desert (Calif.). We have a great field here this year with five ranked teams. The combination of a difficult golf course and a tremendous field have made for a very challenging event.
"With this being our first tournament of the spring, I saw some positives in how we competed. Our kids attitudes were good. I knew we were going to be a little bit rusty coming out of the gate. Several of the teams have played a tournament already and have been able to practice outside throughout the winter. I am looking for a solid performance from top to bottom in our lineup. The tournament is tight, with several teams closely bunched. If we can play solid, we can come out of this feeling good about our start to the season."
The tournament leader, Texas A&M, entered this week ranked No. 10 in the Golfweek.com college rankings. The other ranked teams in the field include: No. 54 SMU, No. 60 New Mexico, No. 62 UNLV and No. 72 Colorado State.
Following completion of the Desert Intercollegiate on Sunday, Wyoming's next spring tournament will be the University of Denver Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz., on March 17-19.