March 22, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -
The Wyoming Cowboy Golf team finished its second and third rounds at the National Invitational Tournament on Tuesday in Tucson, Ariz. The Cowboys finished in 11th-place of 15 teams with a total team score of 908 (+52). Senior Cowboy Gabe Maier finished in third of the 95-man field with a three round total of 212 (-2).
"Gabe played fantastic all tournament in a very good field," Wyoming head golf coach Joe Jensen said. "This just goes to show that he can be competitive in a very good national field. As a team I like our effort. We just need to make a few more putts and eliminate a few of the mistakes that hurt us as a team."
Each of the five Cowboys were unable to finish their second rounds on Monday, because of darkness, but finished their second round and played their third round on Tuesday. Leading the way for UW in the second round was Maier with a one-over 71. Clinton Boutelle improved on his first round of 81 shooting a second round 74 (+4). Senior Zach Zaremba shot a seven-over 77 during the second round, while fellow senior Phil Henzlik shot an 81 (+11). Rounding out the UW five was Michael May who shot a 10-over 80 during the second round. After the conclusion of the second round the Cowboys dropped from seventh place in the standings to 11th with a team score for the round of 302 (+22).
The 'Pokes attempted during the third round to move up the leaderboard, but were unable to gain any ground on the teams they were chasing and ended the tournament in 11th. During the third round of Tuesday's play Maier was able to fire his second best round of the season at 68 (-4). Maier's final round 68 moved him from a tie in fourth-place, to sole possession of third with a three day total score of 212 (-2). The Cowboys next highest finisher was Henzlik who shot a final round 77 (+5), giving him a total of 232 (+18), tying him for 66th-place. Boutelle finished right behind Henzlik with a six-over 78 giving him a total of 233 (+19), which tied him for 69th-place. Zaremba was UW's next highest finisher in a tie for 72nd-place. Zaremba shot a final round 81 (+9), giving him a three-day total of 234 (+20). May shot his best round of the tournament, 79 (+7), in the third round and finished with a total of 241 (+27) giving him 90th-place.
"It is early for us and we just haven't been consistent enough to put it all together to make a run at the leaderboards," Jensen added. "We just need to have more than a couple guys put together good rounds at one time. I think we are really close though. I have seen a lot of solid golf from these guys."
Taking home the team title of the Arizona/NIT was the University of Tulsa with a three-day team total of 867 (+11). Rounding out the top three was SMU in second with a score of 874 (+18) and the University of Arizona with its 20-over 876.
Claiming the individual title was Arizona's Jonathan Khan with a score of 210 (-4). Rounding out the top five behind Khan is Tulsa's Stephen Carney (211, -3), UW's Maier (212, -2), and tying for fourth was TCU's Tom Hoge and UNLV's Kevin Penner with a one-under 213.
The first and third rounds of the NIT were played on Tucson National's Catalina Course, a par 72, 7,245 yard layout. The second round was played on the Sonoran Course, a par 70, 6,652 course.
The Cowboys will now travel to San Diego, Calif. to take part in the San Diego State University/Barona Collegiate Cup on Thursday, March 24.