March 17, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team played the final round of the University of Arizona National Invitational Tournament on Saturday, in Tucson, Ariz. The Pokes shot a final round 307 (+19) to finish with a three round team score of 903 (+39) and put them in ninth place of the 12-team field. Senior Mike May was the Cowboys highest finisher after shooting a final round 74 (+2). His final round put him in a tie for 23rd place of the 75-man field with a 54-hole score of 221 (+5).
"I am disappointed with our finish today because I thought we were close enough to finish in the top seven," Cowboy golf head coach Joe Jensen said. "We are really close we just need to play with a lot more consistency. We need to keep pushing ourselves and keeping trying to play better. This tournament was a huge improvement over the Farms earlier in the week."
Leading the way for the Pokes was May who recorded his second top-25 finish of the season in 23rd with his score of 221 (+5). Eddie Stewart and Eric Parish were the Cowboys next highest finishers in a tie for 35th place. Stewart shot a final round 77 (+5), while Parish shot a 76 (+4) which finished them both with a score of 225 (+9). Senior Casey Ruff shot a final round 81 (+9) which gave him a total score of 233 (+17) giving him 67th place. Junior Clinton Boutelle carded an 80 (+8) in the final round to score a 234 (+18) and finish in 68th place. Freshman Jake Hedge, who played as an individual for UW, shot Wyoming's lowest final round of 72 (E). He finished with a final score of 228 (+12) which tied him for 46th place.
Winning the team championship at the NIT was San Diego State who shot a three-round score of 859 (-5). UNLV followed SDSU by one stroke in second place with a team score of 860 (-4). SMU took third with a team total of 863 (-1) with BYU finishing fourth with a score of 869 (+5) and Memphis rounded out the top five with a score of 871 (+7).
Today's individual medalist was SDSU's J.J. Spaun who finished the tournament with a score of 201 (-15). BYU's Zachary Blair took second place with a score of 205 (-11). Tying for third place were Memphis' Jonathan Fly, BYU's Justin Keiley, UNLV's Kevin Penner and SMU's Marc Sambol who shot a 54-hole total of 214 (-2).
The Cowboys will have the next two weeks off before returning to the course for the OGIO UC-Santa Barbara Intercollegiate on April 2-3.