Cowboy Golfers Finish 18th at Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate

March 8, 2002

Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of Wyomingclosed the curtain on the Bite/Pacific Coast IntercollegiateTournament Friday with a final round team score of 314 tomove up one spot in the final standings.

The Cowboys finished the two-day tournament with a 54-holescore of 926 to finish 18th overall and leap ahead oneposition after opening the final around in 19th place. SanDiego State won the tourney with three-round team total of866 strokes on La Purisima Golf Course, home to the 1996 PGAQualifying School Finals.

"The guys played hard," Cowboy coach Joe Jensen said."It was tough weather, windy, and the course played long.But the kids played hard."

UW senior and Sheridan native Mike Urbatchka led the wayFriday, firing a final round 75 to move up 11 spots andfinish tied for 27th place with a total of 224 strokes."Mike played good. He's put a couple solid tournamentsin a row together," Jensen said.

Cowboy sophomore Mike Mezei wasn't far behindUrbatchka's pace, checking with a total of 226 afterFriday's final round 77. "He played a pretty goodtournament," Jensen said. "He had a lot of goodholes."

Freshman Matthew Brunk posted a final score of 238,classmate Jonathan Shuss shot a three-round score of 241 andjunior Kurt Kowaluk was one stroke behind at 242. JasonHigton of Pacific University fired a final round 74 to winthe tourney with a four-under score of 212.

The Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate was hosted by theUniversity of California-Santa Barbara and played at LaPurisima Golf Course, which measure 6,603 yards and playedto a par of 72.

Final Team Scores After Friday's Final Round at the Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate

1. San Diego State      2882842948662. Fresno State         2922922948783. UC Davis             2912883058784. CSU Bakersfield      2872913088865. Pacific University   2942923048906. UC Irvine            290303306899    Univ. Nevada        2972903128998. Denver Univ.         304296302902    San Jose St.        30330329690210. Colorado State      30530129790311. San Francisco U.    29930230390412. UC Riverside        29730030990613. UC Santa Barbara    298299311908      New Mexico St.    30429431090815. Cal Poly            29930031291116. Long Beach State    31029430891217. Santa Clara U.      30130831692518. Wyoming             30830431492619. CSU-Northridge      303304330937

Wyoming Individual Results Cl. Scores PlaceMike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) Sr.74-75-75-224T27thMike Mezei (Lethbridge, Alberta) So.77-72-77-226T39thMatthew Brunk (Fort Collins, Colo.) Fr.77-79-82-23887thJonathan Shuss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Fr.80-78-83-241T90thKurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) Jr.83-79-80-24294th