Cowboy Golf's Gabe Maier Ties for Fifth Place at the Barona Collegiate Cup

March 26, 2010

LAKESIDE, Calif. -

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University of Wyoming golfer Gabe Maier continued his outstanding junior season on Friday by finishing in a fifth place tie at the Barona Collegiate Cup in Lakeside, Calif. For Maier, this marks his third top-10 finish of the season and the 12th top-25 finish of his career.

Maier, a native of Cody, Wyo., finished strong and shot a two-under par 70 during Friday's final round. After posting rounds of 70 and 74 (+2) on Thursday, Maier finished the tournament with a three-round scorecard of 214 (E).

"This is a big college event and for Gabe to finish in the top-five is terrific," UW Director of Gold Joe Jensen said. "Gabe is showing that he wants to be one of the top players in the country and be considered for things like all-conference and a spot in the NCAAs."

As a team, the Cowboys fell to 10th place in the 16-team field on Friday. The Pokes shot a final round 379 (+19) and finished the event with a three-round total of 1123 (+43).

"We are disappointed in how we finished as a team," Jensen added. "We played very well to begin this event, but slipped during the final two rounds. However, this is just our second event of the spring. We have shown the ability to post good rounds, so that is encouraging as we continue the spring season."

San Diego State held on to win its' own event by posting a three-round score of 1072 (-8). UC Irvine and Oregon, who is currently ranked No. 1 Golfstat's head-to-head national standings, rounded out the top-three. UC Irvine finished with a total of 1094 (+14), while Oregon shot a total of 1097 (+17).

UC Irvine's John Chin cruised to a first place finish in the event with a three-round total of 204 (-12). San Diego State's Johan Carlsson finished second (207, -9) and Nevada's Ryan Hallisey was third (208 (-8).

The tournament, which was hosted by San Diego State, was played on the Barona Creek Golf Club. The event utilizes a unique format as six players from each team compete and the top five scores go toward the team total.

The Cowboy golf team will not return to action until April 5-6 when they host the eighth annual Cowboy Classic. The classic, which is presented by Cleveland Golf and Srixon, will again be held at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.