March 22, 2013
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -
The University of Wyoming men's golf team played the second round of the Denver Desert Shootout on Friday, in Goodyear, Ariz. The Cowboys shot a second round 297 (+13), to close the second day of action in 16th place of the 16-team field with a total score of 590 (+22). Firing the best round of the day for the Pokes was junior Brent Baylon at 72 (+1). Baylon finished the day tied for 65th place of the 96-man field with a 36-hole score of 148 (+6). Baylon shot the best round of the day, but senior Clinton Boutelle finished with the Pokes best two-round score of 146 (+4) after shooting a four-over 75 in the second round. Boutelle finished tied for 51st place after the first two rounds.
"Brent and Clinton both got off to pretty rough starts, but I am proud of how they bounced back and finished," Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen said. "I still feel like this team is close to where we need to be, we are just rusty and making some mistakes that we would not make if we had more repetitions and confidence. Golf is a sport you just have to play with confidence. We have not had enough time seeing green grass yet this year to play with the kind of confidence we need to compete in these types of tournaments."
Finishing with the second-best two-round score for the Cowboys was junior Eric Parish, who shot a four-over 75 in the second round to finish tied for 60th place with a score of 147 (+5). Freshman Kamrin Allen shot his second-consecutive 75 (+4) to finish with a two-round score of 150 (+8) tying him for 76th place. Junior Eddie Stewart and sophomore Jake Hedge finished tied for 83rd place with two-round scores of 151 (+9). Hedge playing from the individual spot, fired the second-best round of the day at three-over 74. Stewart carded a second round 76 (+5). Redshirt sophomore P.J. Thomas finished the day tied for 93rd place with a score of 155 (+13) after carding a 79 (+8).
The event is being played at Palm Valley Golf Course that plays a par 71 and 7,015 yards.
The shootout will continue on Saturday with the final 18-hole round beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. MT.
"A lot of the teams that are ahead of us have had more reps and more rounds so far this season and we just need to use tomorrow's final round to get more practice in," Jensen said. "I am hoping we can come out tomorrow and just play hard and keep improving since this is the last time we will see green grass until hosting the Cowboy Classic next month."