March 19, 2007
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -
Led by a senior who has come on strong of late, the University of Wyoming men's golf team shot their lowest two team rounds of the spring on Monday at the Ron Moore Invitational, hosted by Denver University.
Cowboy redshirt senior Niel King recorded consecutive rounds of 70 (-2), and his 36-hole total of 140 (-4) puts him in 13th place, only five strokes out of the lead in the field of 100 golfers. Going back to the Fresno State event, over his last four competitive rounds King is seven-under-par.
The UW team shot rounds of 297 (+9) and 300 (+12), but still find themselves 17th of 17 teams with a total of 597 (+21). Wyoming is two strokes in back of Princeton and three back of Air Force.
"We got some good play from our seniors today and I can really hang my hat on that," said Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen. "I'm so pleased to see what Niel is doing, and although the freshmen made some mental mistakes, there is long-term value to them playing right now. I saw a lot of good golf this past week during our training and I think that showed in our lowest team scores of the spring today."
The Cowboys also received solid rounds Monday from senior Jeff Franks, who shot 73 (+1) and 72 (E). Wyoming freshman Max Curnow played as an individual and shot his best round as a collegian, a mark of 75 (+3) during the first 18 holes.
Wichita State used an incredible score of 268 (-20) in the first round to build a 12-stroke lead on the rest of the field. The Shockers totaled 552 (-24) and the next closest school is Denver at 564. Kansas State and Southern Utah are tied for third at 566.
Boise State's Troy Merritt leads the individual standings with his score of 135 (-9). WSU's Ryan Spears and Cameron Bishop are tied for second place, two strokes back at 137 (-7).
One final round of 18 holes will be played Tuesday morning. The 54-hole tournament is being held at Palm Valley Golf Club, a par 72 course that measures 7,015 yards.