Pokes Move Up to Finish Seventh at the Ron Moore Invitational

March 21, 2006

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -

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The University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers shot a final day round of 289 (+1) and improved one place to finish seventh of 17 teams at the Ron Moore Invitational in Goodyear, Ariz. on Tuesday.

The Cowboys' two-day total of 850 (-14) was one shot back of Northern Colorado, who moved from tenth to sixth with a score of 282 (-6) over the final 18 holes.

Louisville won the team title by one stroke over Nebraska, after a final day round of 277 (-11) gave the Cardinals' a tournament total of 836 (-28). Denver finished third (838), and Kansas slipped to fourth (841).

Wyoming's initial team round on Monday, 273 (-15), not only stood as the low team score of the tournament, but was also the best team round to par in UW men's golf history.

The Pokes recorded a 288 (E) in Monday's second round.

UW's finish was a major improvement over last season when they placed 14th of 15 schools at the same event and on the same course. The Cowboys also bettered their final team score by forty strokes (850 to 890) over last year.

"Overall this was a good tournament for us against a good field," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "The level of play was high and scores were much lower at this event than in the past.

"I am very pleased with our first round yesterday and these kids need to be congratulated for the best round in school history. We did beat some district teams that we needed to beat, but we also lost to several key schools, so we just need to keep working hard and pick up some regional head-to-head wins in our upcoming tournaments."

Leading the Cowboys with his consistent play over all three rounds was freshman Corey Steger. Steger shot the low tournament total of the season for Wyoming, 210 (-6), and finished in a tie for 14th place of 96 golfers. UW's first-year Canadian posted scores of 70, 69 and 71. His mark of 69 (-3) was a career best.

One stroke back of Steger was Cowboy redshirt senior Matthew Brunk who totaled 211 (-5). Brunk's tournament mark, highlighted by a career-best opening round score of 65 (-7) on Monday, placed him 17th.

James Love of Denver, 199 (-17), pulled away from the pack on the final day with a 67 (-5) and took medalist honors by four strokes. Nebraska's Brady Schnell was second, 203 (-13), while three golfers tied for third place.

Wyoming senior Eric Baily finished at 218 (+2), while junior Jeff Franks and senior Dan Silva scored 220 (+4). Playing as an individual, UW redshirt senior Jonathan Shuss shot 230 (+14).

The 54-hole tournament, hosted by the University of Denver, was played at the Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear. Palm Valley measures 7,015 yards and plays to a par of 72.

The Cowboys will next play the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 27-28, in Junction City, Ore.