March 28, 2006
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers shot a closing round of 294 (+6) at the Oregon Duck Invitational on Tuesday in Junction City, Ore. UW's event total of 874 (+10) placed them in a tie for fourth of 12 schools.
The 54-hole tournament, hosted by the University of Oregon, was played at Shadow Hills Country Club, a 6,807-yard, par-72 layout.
No. 22 San Diego State won the event for the second time in three years with a score of 854 (-10). Riding a final round mark of 282 (-6), Nevada jumped from fifth to second and totaled 866 (+2). Oregon State was third (869), with Wyoming and Washington State tying for fourth.
"We did not finish our round well today," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "A fourth place tie is a good overall finish, but our performance on the last two or three holes cost us. We need to put a full tournament performance together and finish an event.
"All we can do now is continue to work hard and try to learn from this experience. Everyone on this team knows that we can compete and at one of our upcoming events we'll put all the pieces together."
Cowboy senior Eric Baily concluded his consistent tournament with a score of even-par 72 over the last 18 holes. His event total, 214 (-2), placed him in a tie for fifth place in the field of 73 golfers. That finish is Baily's best this season.
One stroke back of Baily was fellow UW senior Dan Silva. Silva saved his best round for last and fired a season-low 71 (-1) on Tuesday. He would tie for 11th.
Washington State's Ryan Witz and Washington's Joe Panzeri, who competed as an individual, shared medalist honors at 211 (-5).
The Cowboys will be right back on the course next week when they compete at the UC-Santa Barbara Bite Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif., April 3-4.