March 13, 2012
SAN DIEGO -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team played the third and final round of the Farms Invitational on Tuesday, in San Diego, Calif. Redshirt sophomore Eddie Stewart carded the best round for UW shooting a 75 (+3) to finish in a tie for 46th place of the 78-man field with a final tally of 237 (+21). Junior Clinton Boutelle shot a final round 78 (+6), but had the highest individual finish for the Cowboys in a tie for 41st place with a score of 236 (+20). The Pokes finished in a tie for 13th place of the 14-team field with a score of 960 (+96).
"We played poorly today," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "This event has been a struggle for us because this golf course has been very challenging for the last two days. We just didn't have the shots over the last couple days to be able to compete on this course and in this tournament. Although we struggled, it is great to come to a great event on a great golf course to give us some good experience. I am hoping this event will help us get into a little bit of a rhythm to finish out the spring on a good note."
Entering the final round, the Cowboys sat in 13th place with a team score of 637 (+13). They shot a final round 323 (+35) to finish in a tie for 13th place (960, +96). Boutelle was the Pokes highest finisher in a tie for 41st place (236, +20). Shooting the best final round was Stewart who improved five strokes between his second and third rounds. He was UW's second-highest finisher tied for 46th. Senior Casey Ruff finished the event shooting a third round 83 (+11). His 54-hole total of 243 (+27) finished him in a tie for 57th place. Fellow senior Mike May shot a final round 90 (+18) to finish with a total score of 247 (+31), which finished him in 63rd place. Freshman Jake Hedge, who withdrew from the second round due to injury, returned to the course for the final round shooting an 87 (+15). Hedge's final round score could not count toward his individual total or the Cowboy team total. Playing from the individual slot, sophomore Eric Parish finished the tournament shooting a 91 (+19) in the final round. His score finished him with a three-round total of 250 (+34), tying him for 72nd place.
Taking home the team title at the Farms Invitational was San Diego State who shot a three-round score of 862 (-2). Following SDSU was, Saint Mary's (California) who placed second with a score of 874 (+10). Missouri and UC Irvine finished tied for third place with team scores of 893 (+29). SMU rounded out the top five in fifth with a score of 989 (+34).
San Diego State also had the individual medalist in J.J. Spaun who finished with a 212 (-4). Round one and two leader Anders Engell of St. Mary's dropped into a tie for second place with SDSU's Alex Kang with a final score of 214 (-2). St. Marys' Mac McClung finished fourth, but also under par, with a score of 215 (-1). Finishing fifth was Connecticut's Matthew Dziubina with a three round score of 216 (E).
The Farms Invitational was hosted by the University of San Diego and played at the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The Farms played 6,947-yards and a par 72.
The Cowboys will continue their road trip Friday and Saturday, March 16-17 with the University of Arizona National Invitational Tournament. The event will be played at the OMNI Tucson National Golf Club.
"Tucson National will play a little better to our style," Jensen said. "Most of my guys have played there and I know we will be more comfortable with that golf course. We are going to continue to work hard and we will improve as the season goes on."