Feb. 28, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas -
Despite a six-stroke improvement in the final round, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers could not make up any ground on the rest of the field on Tuesday at the All-American Intercollegiate in Houston. Wyoming closed with a team round of 303 (+15) in the final 18 holes. UW would finish the 54-hole event with a total of 928 (+64) and in 13th place.
"We improved each round, worked some things out and actually hit the ball fairly well," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "The team was just rustier than I thought we'd be and we just need to work on some little things.
"We still have the ability to have a good spring. This will affect our national ranking, but not necessarily our regional status, which is based mainly on head-to-head and that is most important."
The top individual finish for the Pokes was by redshirt senior Matthew Brunk who had a final round of 76 (+4), placing him in a tie for 35th place of 75 individuals and a two day total of 227 (+11). Next for UW was junior Jeff Franks who finished the event with a total of 230 (+14), good for a 46th place tie.
Tournament host Houston fired a team score of 287 (-1) in the final round and won the tournament going away by 13 strokes over the 13-team field. The Cougars finished at 853 (-11) for the event, 13 strokes ahead of Colorado who finished 866 (+2), while Middle Tennessee State moved from seventh place yesterday into third place today at 875 (+11).
Individually, Keven Fortin-Simard of Memphis shot an even-par 72 to stay at 208 (-8) and won the tournament by one stroke over Daniel Willett of Jacksonville State who also tallied an even-par 72 in the final round.
The tournament was played on The Tradition course at Cyresswood Golf Club in Houston. The course measures 7,220 yards and plays to a par of 72.
Wyoming's next competition will be the Ron Moore Invitational, March 20-21 in Goodyear, Ariz.