Cowboy Golf Team in 15th Place After First 36 Holes of the Oregon Duck Invitational

March 26, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming sophomore Mike Urbatchkaof Sheridan, Wyo., fired rounds of 71 and 76 for a 36-hole total of 147 --three-over par. He is tied for 21st place after the first day ofcompetition at the University of Oregon Duck Invitational.

The Wyoming Cowboys find themselves in 15th place in the field of 17teams. San Diego State leads in the team competition at 576. Aaron Byersof host Oregon leads in the individual standings with a six-under par totalof 138.

"Mike Urbatchka had a nice first round today, shooting one-under par71," said UW head golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "Mike came out and put up agood score in the morning round, and followed that up with a solid 76 in theafternoon. Our biggest trouble today came off the tee. We had troublekeeping the ball in the fairway on a hard golf course. When you have treeslining every fairway, you can't afford to make many mistakes. Our driversweren't good enough to keep the ball in play, as much as we needed to, andwe were constantly having to scramble to make par.

"Like I told the guys, this is a 54-hole tournament, and we justhave to stay positive. The team scores are still close enough that with agood round tomorrow we can get out of here with a good tournament."

Senior Jake Hunter shot the lowest round of any Cowboy in theafternoon round. Hunter fired a second round 75 to go with an opening round77. He is tied for 49th at 152. Fellow senior David Hearn, who has beensuffering with a wrist injury, shot rounds of 81 and 76 for a 157 total. Heand UW sophomore Kurt Kowaluk are tied for 70th. Freshman Mike Mezei roundsout the scoring for the Cowboys at 159, tied for 81st in the field of 92golfers.

The Oregon Duck Invitational is being played at the Eugene CountryClub in Eugene, Ore. The course measures 6,847 yards and plays to a par of72.

The final 18-hole round will be played on Tuesday, March 27.

Below are Wyoming's individual scores along with the team standingsafter the first 36 holes of the Oregon Duck Invitational.

Wyoming individual results

Mike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) Jr. 71-76=147 (+3) T21stJake Hunter (Page, Ariz.) Sr. 77-75=152 (+8) T49thDavid Hearn (Brantford, Ontario) Sr. 81-76=157 (+13) T70thKurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) RSo. 78-79=157 (+13) T70thMike Mezei (Lethbridge, Alberta) Fr. 78-81=159 (+15) T81st

Team Standings

1. San Diego State 5762. Oregon 5773. Arizona State 584 Washington 5845. UCLA 585 UC-Santa Barbara 5857. Nevada 5888. Colorado State 5979. San Jose State 60110. Oregon "B" 60211. Hawaii 604 Oregon State 60413. Washington State 60614. Oregon State "B" 60815. Wyoming 61016. Portland State 62617. Portland 637