March 12, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. -
The University of Wyoming men's golf team totaled 623 (+47) on Monday at the Fresno State/Lexus Golf Classic and is in 15th place of 15 teams. UW shot team rounds of 315 (+27) and 308 (+20).
In a twist unique to the event, each team is playing six golfers with the four best scores counting each round. Normally in college golf, tournaments use a five-man format.
Fellow Mountain West Conference school and 48th ranked San Diego State leads the event after 36 holes with a total of 564 (-12) strokes. UC-Irvine is five strokes back at 569. 18 strokes separate those two schools from the remainder of the field, the closest being Nevada (587).
Cowboy redshirt senior Niel King led his team with rounds of 77 (+5) and 72 (E). King is in a tie for 26th place out of 95 golfers with his total of 149 (+5).
There is a three-way tie for first place atop the individual leaderboard between UC-Irvine's Jay Choe and Aztec teammates Aaron Goldberg and Adam Porzak. All three golfers shot 141 (-3) and three others are one stroke back, tied at 142.
"I've seen some progress with this young team," said Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen. "We're getting hit square in the teeth by facing high-level teams on a good golf course, but this is great exposure and we'll benefit from it. Each round we play we're building for the future."
One final round of 18 holes will be played on Tuesday morning. The 54-hole tournament is being held at Sunnyside Country Club, a par 72 course that measures 6,949 yards.