March 17, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
In his first tournament of the spring season, Wyoming Cowboy sophomore Gabe Maier achieved his highest career tournament finish as he tied for 11th in the 2009 Barona Collegiate Cup. The tournament, which was hosted by the San Diego State Aztecs, was played at the Barona Creek Golf Club in San Diego, Calif.
By finishing in an 11th-place tie, Maier achieved his seventh career top-25 finish. His previous best finish in a tournament was 15th place in the 2007 New Mexico Tucker Invitational during his freshman year.
Maier finished the Barona in style on Tuesday, firing his best round of the tournament, a two-under par 70. During the event, Maier posted scorecards of 71 (-1), 74 (+2) and 70 (-2). He finished with a three-round total of 215 (-1).
The Cowboys finished ninth in the tournament with a three-round total of 1141 (+61). They shot a 381(+21) during Tuesday's final round.
"Getting out there for the first time and doing so against a good field was a nice way to start the spring," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "Overall, we had some good rounds and some bad rounds, some good shots and some bad shots. We know that we need to improve, but we are happy to be playing. We are looking forward to getting some practice in this week and continuing the season next weekend.
"This was an especially great tournament for Gabe. He struggled a little during the fall, so it was great to see him play this well in his first spring event."
Colorado State was able to come away with the 2009 Barona team championship with a three-round total of 1051 (-29). San Diego State was second (1057, -23) and New Mexico finished third (1069, -11) in the 10-team tournament.
Individually, Colorado State's Dustin Morris won the tournament with a three-round total of 203 (-13). New Mexico's Steve Saunders finished second with a score of 206 (-10), while San Diego State's Matt Hoffenberg and New Mexico State's Travis Reid tied for third at 209 (-7).
The Barona featured a unique scoring system as six golfers from each team played, and the top five scorecards went toward each team's total score. Most collegiate tournaments take the top four of five scorecards.
The Cowboys will continue the 2009 spring season next weekend as they travel to Tucson, Ariz. to participate in the National Invitational Tournament. The tournament, which is hosted by the University of Arizona, is held at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club. The tournament will run from Sunday, March 22 through Monday., March 23.