Wyoming Places 11th at the Steve Kerr Invitational

March 20, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowboys lowered their team score by four strokes in Saturday's final round of the Steve Kerr Invitational golf tournament but were unable to move up the standings, placing 11th in the field of 14 collegiate golf teams.

The Pokes shot a 12-over par round of 296 to close out the 54-hole event, after shooting rounds of 305 and 300 in Friday's first two rounds, respectively. UW ended with a final three-round total of 901, 49-over par. Wyoming finished only two strokes behind Nebraska, Princeton and Iowa State, which all tied for eighth place at 899 (+47). Entering Saturday's final round, Wyoming was in 11th place.

UW true freshman Jeff Franks fired his second consecutive two-over par round of 73 on Saturday to move up seven spots in the standings from 29th place at the end of 36 holes to a tie for 22nd place out of 88 golfers. Franks total for the two-day event was 10-over par 223. It was Franks highest finish of his young college career, and was his first Top 25 finish.

Colorado State captured the team title by only one stroke over UTEP -- 873 to 874.

Barrett Jarosch of the University of Denver won individual medalist honors by seven strokes over Dan Floyd of UTEP. Jarosch posted an eight-under par total of 205, while Floyd ended with a one-under par score of 212. They were the only two golfers to shoot under par for the tournament.

"We finished 11th, but we improved every round we played, and were only two shots out of eighth place." said third-year Wyoming men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "This being our first tournament of the spring, and with us not being outside until this tournament, the fact that we improved in each round was a positive.

"The tournament featured an excellent field -- there were 14 of the Top 100 players in the country competing at this tournament, so the quality of teams was very good.

"On an individual note, Jeff Franks improved each of the first two rounds, shooting 77 and 73, and he maintained his level of play in the final round with another 73. Jeff shot 10-over par tournament totals in each of our last two tournaments of the fall, and now posted a 10-over par score to start the spring. His 22nd place showing was the best of his career, and was an outstanding finish considering the quality of the competition."

This year's Steve Kerr Invitational was played at the Sundance Golf Club in Buckeye, Ariz. The course measured 6,883 yards and played to a par of 71.

Wyoming men's golf team returns to action on Monday and Tuesday, March 22-23 at the Oregon Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore.

Wyoming Individual Results

Cl. Hometown Place and Score

Jeff Franks Fr. Steamboat Springs, Colo. Tie 22nd 77-73-73=223 (+10)Jason Aichele Sr. Richland, Wash. Tie 30th 74-76-75=225 (+12)Matthew Brunk Jr. Fort Collins, Colo. Tie 41st 78-74-75=227 (+14)Jonathan Shuss Jr. Scottsdale, Ariz. Tie 57th 76-77-79=232 (+19)Niel King So. Gillette, Wyo. Tie 66th 80-81-73=234 (+21)

Team Standings

1. Colorado State 294-281-298=873 (+21)2. UTEP 287-294-293=874 (+22)3. Xavier 298-296-286=880 (+28)4. Indiana 298-289-294=881 (+29)5. Denver 298-295-290=883 (+31)6. Utah 299-297-291=887 (+35)7. Nevada 309-284-295=888 (+36)8. Nebraska 313-289-297=899 (+47) Princeton 304-301-294=899 (+47) Iowa State 303-289-307=899 (+47)11. Wyoming 305-300-296=901 (+49)12. SW Missouri State 311-295-302=908 (+56)13. Northern Colorado 304-295-310=909 (+57)14. Northern Iowa 332-299-325=956 (+104)