TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Wyoming men's golf team finished the first round of the Arizona National Invitational Tournament with a 310 (+22) on the Omni Tucson National - Catalina Course in Tucson, Ariz. Wyoming is in 15th place in the 15-team field. Freshman Quintin Pope leads the Cowboys after firing a 76 (+4). Pope is currently in the top-50, as he is tied for 47th place.
"We are playing against a national field on a premium course and I have to say I saw lot of good things from our guys today," UW head coach Joe Jensen said. "The wind was blowing and we got off to a rough starts but I was very proud of Ryan for finishing even on the back nine."
Sophomore Ryan Wallen followed Pope with a round of 77 (+5) sitting tied 59th place. Freshman Drew McCullough is tied for 69th carding a score of 78 (+6). Junior Kamrin Allen shot a 79 (+7) for 75th place and wrapping up the day was freshman Glenn Workman with a tally of 82 (+10), as he is in 82nd place.
"This is a great experience and there is a gap right now that we need to close. We are seven strokes behind San Jose State and the guys are ready to go out and have some better rounds tomorrow," Jensen added.
New Mexico State leads the field after the first round with a 283 (-5). New Mexico Stat's Luis Medina leads the individuals shooting a 68 (-4).
The Cowboys return tomorrow morning with an 18-hole round starting at 8 a.m. MT.