Cowboy Golf Team Finishes 18th At UC Santa Barbara Pacific Coast Intercollegiate

March 14, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowboy Golf team faced10 of the nation's Top 100 golf programs on Monday and Tuesday at the UCSanta Barbara Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. Wyoming, itself, entered thetwo-day tournament ranked No. 88 in the country, but the Cowboys weren'table to make a move and finished 18th in the 19-team field with a 54-holescore of 950.

Brigham Young, ranked No. 7 in the nation entering the tournament,won the team title with a three-round score of 896. The individual medalistwas Patrick Hawkins of the University of San Diego. Hawkins finished with atwo-under par total of 214. Wyoming's top finisher was junior David Hearn, who tied for 45th at 234, 18-over par.

"We played a golf course this week that we really struggled with,"said Wyoming men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "On a course like this one,and against the strong field we were playing, I think we pressed a littlebit at times. But to the guys credit, they kept battling to the last hole.

"We just have to work hard this week in practice before our nexttournament in Oregon on the 20th and 21st of March."

Other ranked teams in the field included No. 34 San Diego State, No.39 California, No. 41 North Texas, No. 58 UC Santa Barbara, No. 60Pepperdine, No. 67 Long Beach State, No. 74 Pacific, No. 79 UC Irvine andNo. 82 Nevada.

Hearn shot rounds of 80, 80 and 74 for his 234 total. Only twoCowboys were able to shoot two out of their three rounds in the 70s -- thosetwo were sophomore Mike Urbatchka (76-84-77=237) and junior Kevin Kayden(78-76-85=239).

The Pacific Coast Intercollegiate was played at the La Purisima GolfCourse in Lompoc, Calif. The course measured 6,670 yards and played to apar of 72.

Below are the final team scores, as well as Wyoming's individualscores.

The Cowboys next tournament will also be played on the West Coastwhen they travel to Eugene, Ore., for the Oregon Duck Invitational on March20-21.

Team Standings1.      BYU                     8962.      San Diego               8973.      San Diego State         9034.      California              9095.      Pacific                 916        Cal State Northridge    9167.      North Texas             9198.      Long Beach State        9219.      New Mexico State        92410.     Pepperdine              925        San Jose State          92512.     Nevada                  937        San Francisco           93714.     UC Santa Barbara        94415.     Weber State             946        UC Irvine               94617.     Illinois                94718.     Wyoming                 95019.     Idaho State             992

Wyoming IndividualsDavid Hearn (Jr., Brantford, Ontario) T45th 80-80-74=234 (+18)Mike Urbatchka (So., Sheridan, Wyo.) T56th 76-84-77=237 (+21)Kevin Kayden (Jr., Fremont, Ohio) T62nd 78-76-85=239 (+23)Reid Lende (Sr., Livingston, Mont.) T79th 85-79-80=244 (+28)Jake Hunter (Jr., Page, Ariz.) T93rd 85-82-83=250 (+34)