March 31, 2008
BRASELTON, Ga. -
The battle for the top several team spots at the Larry Nelson Collegiate Invite in Braselton, Ga. will come down to the final round of play and right in the mix is the Wyoming Cowboy golf team.
UW fired rounds of 306 (+22) and 314 (+30) on Monday to put themselves in a tie for sixth place of 14 teams with 18 holes remaining to be played on Tuesday morning. Wyoming's 36-hole total is 620 (+52).
With the exception of first place Kennesaw State, who distanced themselves with a two-round total of 581 (+13), the field is tightly bunched and much remains to be decided in the team standings. The Cowboys are only seven strokes out of third place (Gardner-Webb and Central Arkansas, 613) and 15 back of second (Campbell, 605), while conversely there are five teams behind but within eight strokes of the `Pokes and Jacksonville, whom UW is tied with.
"As frustrating as this is, we are making slow progress," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "We had a tough finish in our second round today, but with a good round tomorrow we can make a move in the standings."
Wyoming freshman Gabe Maier put together two solid rounds, 73 (+2) and 75 (+4), and is tied for seventh place out of 70 players. His 36-hole total of 148 (+6) is the team best. Fellow first-year Cowboy Zach Zaremba is also in the top-20, as his total of 152 (+10) has him tied for 15th place.
Kennesaw State's Oliver West and Armstrong Atlantic's Chris Wolfe are tied for the individual lead with totals of 141 (-1). Central Arkansas' Gideon Pienaar is in third place at 143 (+1).
Teams are playing the Woodlands Course at Chateau Elan Resort. Woodlands is par 71 and measures 6,735 yards.