March 23, 2004
Junction City, Oregon - Head Coach Joe Jensen and the Wyoming Cowboys wish to play more consistent golf came up short in Tuesday's final round of the Oregon Duck Invitational golf tournament as they fell in the standings, placing 12th in the field of 14 collegiate golf teams.
After shooting rounds of 296 and 297 in Monday's first two rounds, respectively, the Pokes shot a round 26-over par 314 to close out the 54-hole event. UW ended with a final three-round total of 907, 43-over par. Wyoming finished only two strokes behind Idaho and San Diego, which tied for tenth place at 905 (+41). Entering Tuesday's final round, Wyoming was in a tie for sixth place.
UW junior Matthew Brunk fired the low round on the day for the Cowboys with a three-over par 75 to move up 16 spots in the standings from 45th place at the end of 54 holes to tie for 29th place out of 80 golfers. Brunk's total for the two-day event was 10-over par 226. He was followed closely by Jason Aichele (Richland, Wash.) with an 11-over par 227 to place in a tie for 36th and Niel King with a 12-over par 228 to finish tied for 41st in the competition.
Sophomore Eric Baily ended his tournament with a 16-over par 232, while freshman Jeff Franks rounded out the Cowboy golfers with a 19-over par 235 final round.
Jeff Hansen of San Diego State won individual medalist honors by just one stroke over Brad Simpson of Oregon State. Hansen posted a five-under par total of 211, while Simpson ended with a four-under par score of 212. They were among six golfers to shoot under par for the tournament.
"We really struggled in the final round of this golf tournament today," said Wyoming men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "It's disappointing to finish out a tournament like that after we played well the last two rounds. It's still early in the season and we did have everyone play well over the course of the two days, we just didn't play consistent enough to hold on to a good place in the standings.
"The competition was extremely tough in this tournament with several PAC-10 and West Coast schools who have been playing outside for over a month," added Jensen. "For us to play as well as we did was a big accomplishment for us. We have a couple tournaments left before conference and we just need to learn from this experience and get better."
This year's Oregon Duck Invitational was played at the Shadow Hills Country Club in Junction City, Oregon. The two courses played at Shadow Hills measure 6,802 years and 6,900 yards and both play to a par of 72.
Wyoming men's golf team returns to action on Monday and Tuesday, April 5-6 at the UC Santa Barbara Bite Classic in Santa Barbara, California.