Cowboys Tied for Sixth After First Day of Oregon Duck Invitational

March 22, 2004


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The Wyoming Cowboy golf team has been seeking more consistent play this season, and Monday during the first two rounds of the Oregon Duck Invitational the Cowboys achieved some consistency. UW posted rounds of 296 and 297 to move into a tie for sixth place with the University of San Diego at 17-over par 593.

While the Pokes posted two consistent rounds as a team, individually only sophomore Niel King and senior Jason Aichele played consistently throughout the first two 18-hole rounds. King fired rounds of 76 and 71 to tie for 19th place after the first day. Aichele shot identical rounds of 75, and is tied for 36th in the field of 60 competitors.

UW's other three individuals each posted one low score and one high score. Junior Matthew Brunk and sophomore Eric Baily each had a round of 73 and a round of 78. Freshman Jeff Franks shot the lowest score for Wyoming in round one -- a 72 -- but he followed that up with a second round 82. All five Wyoming competitors are within seven strokes of one another.

In the team competition, host Oregon is tied with San Diego State for the lead in the 14-team field. Both posted two-under par totals of 574 through the first 36 holes.

Individually Jonathan Green of Oregon State holds a one-shot lead over his teammate Brad Simpson -- 138 (-6) to 139 (-5).

"We had a solid day, with everyone on the squad closely grouped together" said Wyoming men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "Niel (King) had a really nice round of 71 in the afternoon, and is right there among the leaders. Everyone on our team is within seven strokes of one another, and we didn't have to count a high score today, so in the team competition we are sitting pretty good heading into Tuesday.

"But we can't afford to lose our focus as there are seven teams within six strokes of us. We need to come out tomorrow and maintain our focus.

"Matthew Brunk began with a strong 73, but then shot a 78 in the afternoon. Eric Baily had the reverse of that, starting with a 78 before coming back with a 73. Jason Aichele was the most consistent player for us, shooting 75 in both rounds. Jeff Franks posted our lowest score in round one with a 72, but struggled a little bit in the second round with an 82.

"Consistency is still what we need to strive for, and I'm hoping with Tuesday's round being our sixth round in the past week, that our consistency will continue to improve."

This year's Oregon Duck Invitational is being played at the Shadow Hills Country Club in Junction City, Ore. The two courses being played at Shadow Hills measure 6,802 yards and 6,900 yards and both play to a par of 72.

The tournament will conclude on Tuesday with a final 18-hole round.