Cowboy Golf Team Posts Strong Finish At Oregon Duck Invitational

March 21, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowboy golf teamplayed one of their best tournaments of the 1999-2000 season this week,placing seventh in a 15-team field at the University of Oregon DuckInvitational on Tuesday. Wyoming finished with a 54-hole total of 887,tying with Colorado State for seventh place. The University of Washingtonwon the two-day event with a final score of 857.

Wyoming was led by junior David Hearn, who tied for fifth place witha three-round total of 214, two-under par. Hearn's finish marked the fourthtime in nine tournaments this season that he has placed in the Top 10individuals, and the fifth time he has placed in the Top 15. UW sophomoreMike Urbatchka also played an outstanding tournament, shooting 222, six-overpar, to tie for 31st in the field of 80 golfers

Anthony Arvidson of Oregon State won the individual title with afour-under par score of 212.

"Everyone on the team contributed to this strong finish," said UWmen's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "We looked like the team we were in thefall season. We had two individuals shoot rounds in the 60s (Hearn andUrbatchka), and all five guys shot at least one round in the low 70s.

"David (Hearn) continues to be impressive. He held the lead afterthe first 36 holes with rounds of 68 and 70. He fell back a little bit onTuesday with a 76, but he couldn't have played much better. Everyone on theteam shot a nice round of golf. Mike (Urbatchka) had a round of 68. Kevin(Kayden) and Jake (Hunter) each had a round of 72, and Reid (Lende) shot a73 in the second round.

"This was a good tournament for us because we beat some teams in ourdistrict that we needed to in order to have a chance to qualify for theNCAAs at the end of the year."

The 54-hole event was played on the Shadow Hills Country Club-SilverCourse in Eugene, Ore. The course measured 6,783 yards and played to a parof 72.

Below are the final team scores, as well as Wyoming's individualscores.

The Cowboys next tournament will be the Idaho State BengalInvitational on April 17-18 in Blackfoot, Idaho.

Team Standings

1. Washington 8572. Oregon 8583. Oregon State 8634. Pacific 8665. San Diego State 8686. San Jose State 8857. Wyoming 887 Colorado State 8879. Long Beach State 89310. Oregon (B Team) 896 Nevada 89612. Hawai'i 89913. Portland State 90214. Portland 905 Washington State 905

Wyoming Individuals

David Hearn (Jr., Brantford, Ontario) T5th 68-70-76=214 (-2)Mike Urbatchka (So., Sheridan, Wyo.) T31st 78-68-76=222 (+6)Jake Hunter (Jr., Page, Ariz.) T53rd 80-72-75=227 (+11)Kevin Kayden (Jr., Fremont, Ohio) T53rd 80-72-75=227 (+11)Reid Lende (Sr., Livingston, Mont.) T64th 77-73-80=230 (+14)