March 23, 2013
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -
The University of Wyoming men's golf team moved up one place on the final day of the Denver Desert Shootout to finish in 15th place of the 16-team field, on Saturday in Goodyear, Ariz. The Cowboys closed the event with their second-consecutive round of 297 (+13) to finish with a three round team score of 887 (+35). The Pokes three-round score of 887 (+35) is their best team score of the spring season. Senior Clinton Boutelle recorded the Cowboys best finish tying for 40th place of the 96-man field with a 54-hole total of 218 (+5). Boutelle finished with a third round 72 (+1).
"Clinton was playing very well, but struggled on the final three holes to finish one over," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "This golf course played very tough today. It was a little windy and the greens were playing very hard and fast. I know Clinton is frustrated with his finish, but overall he played very well. As a team, we played with more confidence and we were able to beat some teams in this round. I am proud of the kids for working hard all week and using this tournament to gain a lot more confidence. This was not the finish we wanted at this tournament, but we are going to keep working hard. On this trip we have had a lot of great practice and I see us gaining confidence and losing the rust with every round. The last two tournaments have been great for us to get some experience and get some competitive golf in."
Junior Brent Baylon was Wyoming's second-highest finisher tying for 56th place after firing a final round 73 (+2) to give him a three-round total of 221 (+8). Junior Eric Parish shot a six-over 77 in the final round to finish tied for 71st place with a score of 224 (+11). Freshman Kamrin Allen finished one stroke behind Parish tying for 76th place with a three-round score of 225 (+12) after carding a 75 (+4) in the final round. Junior Eddie Stewart finished the event in 87th place with a score of 228 (+15) after shooting a 77 (+6). Playing from the individual place, sophomore Jake Hedge shot a final round 75 (+4) to finish tied for 81st place with a score of 226 (+13). Redshirt sophomore P.J. Thomas who also played as an individual, shot a final round 76 (+5) to finish tied for 91st place with a score of 231 (+18).
The event was played at Palm Valley Golf Course that plays a par 71 and 7,015 yards.
The Cowboys will now return to Laramie for two weeks of practice before traveling to Scottsdale, Ariz., to host the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at Talking Stick North Course on April 8-9.