March 29, 2009
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -
After Sunday's opening round at the 63rd annual Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif., sophomore Phil Henzlik is tied for seventh place in the individual standings and the Wyoming Cowboy golf team is in 13th place. The tournament, which is hosted by San Jose State University, is played at the Pasatiempo Golf Club, which plays to a par of 70.
Henzlik, a Rapid City, S.D. native, had a tremendous opening round and was one of only eight players in the 93-man field to shoot par or better. With an even par 70, Henzlik is currently tied for seventh and is only two strokes off the leaders.
As a team, the Cowboys matched their best round of the spring season by shooting a combined 303 (+23) on Sunday. That score places the Pokes in 13th place out of 18 teams. They also shot a 303 in the final round of their last tournament, the University of Arizona National Invitational.
Sophomore Mike May also had a solid opening round for the Cowboys, shooting a 74 (+4). That mark places May in a tie for 31st place.
"We had a pretty good start today but there are two rounds left and still a lot of golf left to be played," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "Phil had a really good start today and I am proud of him. As a team, we need to see a few more good rounds tomorrow. We need to get four guys playing well in rhythm and the good team scores will follow. I am hoping we can play a little better tomorrow and creep up the leaderboard.
"This is a great field and a really good, tight golf course. It is one of the most difficult courses we will play all year, which is exciting."
Fresno State had the best opening round and shot a 278 (-2) on Sunday. Colorado is in second place (283, +3) and Oregon and Michigan State are tied for third (290, +10).
Individually, Colorado's Pat Grady and Fresno State's Bhavik Patel lead the tournament after shooting identical opening round scores of 68 (-2). Four other players are tied for third with first round scores of 69 (-1).
The second round of the 2009 Western Intercollegiate will begin on Monday morning with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The tournament will play its third and final round on Tuesday.