Wyoming In 20th Place After 36 Holes

March 7, 2002

Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of Wyomingmen's golf team opened its second tournament of the springseason with 36 holes of golf Thursday at the Bite/PacificPacific Coast Intercollegiate hosted by the University ofCalifornia-Santa Barbara.

Wyoming shot a two-round team total of 612 to settle for20th place heading into Friday's final round at the LaPurisima Golf Course in Lompoc, Calif.

Senior Mike Urbatchka and sophomore Mike Mezei paced theCowboys, each firing a two-round total of 149 to tie withfour other golfers in 38th place.

"I feel really pleased with how the kids played today," UWhead coach Joe Jensen said. "We had some long stretches ofreally solid golf where we played very well, but westruggled a little down the stretch.

"We easily could have been five or 10 shots better," Jensenadded. "We're hitting the ball good and playing very welloverall. We just need to clean up the little things at theend of the round and close stronger."

Mezei stood at five-under par with five holes left inThursday's second round before hitting a rough stretch andfinishing with an even-par round of 72, while Urbatchkathree-putted three of the final six holes to card athree-over 75.

"This course is really tough, shooting even par is a heckof a round," Jensen said. "Both of those guys hit the ballreally well. We just need to put a full round together."

The La Purisima course measured 6,603 yards and played to apar of 72.

Below are team scores and Wyoming's individual scoresfollowing Thursday's first and second rounds.

Team                       Scores1. San Diego State      288284572-42. CSU-Bakersfield      287291578+23. UC Davis             291288579 +34. Fresno State         292292584 +85. Pacific University   294292586+106. Nevada University    297290587+117. UC-Irvine            290303593+178. UC-Santa Barbara     298299597+21    UC-Riverside        297300597+2110. New Mexico St.      304294598+2211. Cal Poly            299300599 +2312. Denver Universty    304296600+2413. San Francisco U.    299302601+2514. Long Beach St.      310294604+2815. Colorado St.        305301606+30      San Jose St.      303303606+3017. CSU-Northridge      303304607+3118. Santa Clara U.      301308609+3319. Wyoming             308304612+36

Wyoming Individual Results Cl.ScoresPlaceMike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo. Sr.74-75-149(+5)T38thMike Mezei (Lethbridge, Alberta) So.77-72-149(+5)T38thMatthew Brunk (Fort Collins, Colo.) Fr.77-79-156(+12)T79thJonathan Shuss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Fr.80-78-158(+14)T88thKurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) Jr.83-79-162(+18)T95th