Cowboy Golf Finishes First Day Of Denver Desert Shootout In 10th-Place

March 17, 2011

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -

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The Wyoming Cowboy Golf team began the 2011 Denver Desert Shootout on Thursday, finishing the day 10th of 15 teams with a team score of 283 (-5). Clinton Boutelle and Zach Zaremba led the way for the 'Pokes with score of 68 (-4).

"I thought we played ok today," Wyoming head men's golf coach Joe Jensen said. "I think since we have been here a couple days and have gotten some good rounds in, we will play solid the rest of the weekend."

The Denver Desert Shootout is being held at the par 72, 7015 yard, Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz.

The Oklahoma Sooners are leading the team scoring with a 274 (-14), followed by the TCU Horned Frogs with a score of 276 (-12). Trailing the Sooners and the Horned Frogs are, St. Mary's (Calif.), BYU and Iowa State in a tie for third place at 277 (-11). Following the top five are; the University of North Texas in sixth place 280 (-8), Tulsa University in seventh 281 (-7), and VCU and Southern Utah in eighth (282 (-6).

Four individuals are tied for first place with a score of 66 (-8) including, Oklahoma's Abraham Ancer, BYU's Zachary Blair and Cameron Edens, and North Texas' Carlos Ortiz.

Jensen thought the Cowboys played pretty decent, with Zaremba and Boutelle having the best days finishing tied for eighth. With Zaremba and Boutelle leading the way at four-under, Gabe Maier recorded the Cowboys next lowest score of 72 (E), which put him in a tie for 41st-place.

"I thought Gabe played well today," Jensen added. "He was around the cup all day but just couldn't hit his putts."

Rounding out the UW five was Casey Ruff who recorded a three-over 75, finishing the day in a tie for 71st and Michael May with a 77 (+5) who finished in a tie for 83rd.

Senior Cowboy Phil Henzlik played individually for UW shooting a one-under 71 placing him in a tie for 30th.

The Desert Shootout will continue with the second round on Friday, and the final round on Saturday.