March 27, 2006
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -
With consistent play over 36 holes, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers are in third place of 12 schools at the Oregon Duck Invitational in Junction City, Ore. The Pokes scored team rounds of 289 (+1) and 291 (+3) on Monday to put themselves in solid position heading into Tuesday's final round.
San Diego State holds the team lead at 566 (-10), with Oregon State seven strokes back, 573 (-3). Wyoming rounds out the top three, in an event consisting mainly of Pac-10 and West Coast schools, with a total of 580 (+4). The Cowboys hold an important four-stroke lead over regional rival and fifth place Nevada.
Nevada entered the spring season ranked fourth in the Southwest Region, while the Cowboys were voted 11th. Regional head-to-head results factor into post-season play in collegiate golf. UW is coming off of a head-to-head win over Nevada at last week's Ron Moore Invitational in Goodyear, Ariz.
"This is a good start for us and I'm pleased with our position in this competitive field," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "We have to finish and play solid tomorrow, but days like today show where our program is at. We're trying to get noticed on a national level and that is done by competing the way that we are. We are going to keep scraping and taking a blue-collar approach, and that will pay off."
Leading Wyoming were seniors Eric Baily and Dan Silva. Baily fired consecutive rounds of 71 (-1), and his two-round total of 142 (-2) has him tied for fourth place in the field of 73 golfers. Silva also had two mirror rounds, shooting even-par 72 in both the morning and afternoon for a 12th place tie.
Washington State's Ryan Witz leads the tournament with a total of 139 (-5). The Aztecs' Aaron Goldberg and Oregon State's Mitch Gillis are tied for second place at 141 (-3). Six golfers, including UW's Baily, are tied for fourth.
The 54-hole tournament, hosted by the University of Oregon, is being played at Shadow Hills Country Club, a 6,807-yard, par-72 layout.