March 21, 2013
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -
Senior Wyoming men's golfer Clinton Boutelle fired his first round of even par (71) of the spring season, pacing the Pokes in the first round of the Denver Desert Shootout on Thursday, in Goodyear, Ariz. Boutelle carded a first round 71 (E) to end the day tied for 31st place of the 96-man field. As a team, the Cowboys sit in 16th place of the 16-team field after shooting a first round 293 (+9). The nine-over 293 was Wyoming's best team round of the spring season, surpassing its 299 (+11) at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in February.
"Clinton played a very solid round today," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "As a team, I feel like we are getting closer. Today's round was our lowest of the spring season so I see things improving with each round. We are not playing the best we can play right now, but we are still early in the spring and we need to just keep improving."
Junior Eric Parish followed Boutelle finishing one stroke behind with a one-over 72 to finish the round tied for 44th place. Freshman Kamrin Allen made is return to the Cowboy lineup after missing the previous tournament due to injury and carded a first round 75 (+4) to finish tied for 70th place. Allen tied with junior Eddie Stewart who also shot a first round 75. Rounding out the scoring Cowboys was junior Brent Baylon who shot a five-over 76 in the first round tying for 76th place. Playing as an individual, redshirt sophomore P.J. Thomas finished the day tied with Baylon in 76th place after shooting a 76 (+5). Sophomore Jake Hedge, who was also playing as an individual for UW, shot a first round 77 (+6) which tied him for 88th place.
"Eric's round today was very good I am happy to see him playing better again," Jensen said. "It is also great to have Kamrin back in the lineup. I know he is still playing through some pain and I am proud of him for that."
The event is being held at Palm Valley Golf Course that plays a par 71 and 7,015 yards.
The shootout will continue on Friday with one 18-hole round beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. MT.
"We improved a lot from the beginning of this tournament from last and I hope tomorrow we can just keep getting better, even if it is one stroke," Jensen said. "We are close to some teams in front of us and I want us to finish this tournament in the middle of the pack. We cannot win it where we are right now but we can still have a solid finish."