March 30, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Cowboy golf team started strong on the second day of the 2009 Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif., unfortunately they did not finish as well and fell to 15th place as the day ended. With the third and final round scheduled for Tuesday at the Pasatiempo Golf Club, the Cowboys are looking to improve in the standings, as six teams are within 20 strokes in the 18-team field.
"We played great through about the first nine holes today and moved up to 10th or 11th place. Unfortunately, we put up a couple of big numbers during the second nine and that really cost us," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "We played quality golf at times, but this tough course was demanding due to the windy conditions and we didn't handle that very well. It wasn`t that we played bad golf, we just had a few big numbers that really hurt. Overall, I am encouraged by most of the things we are doing, there are just a few big mistakes that need to be corrected."
After shooting their best round of the spring season during Sunday's opening round, the Cowboys shot a 319 (+39) on Monday. With a two-round total of 622 (+62), the Cowboys are currently in 15th place.
Individually, Phil Henzlik has the best two-round score for the Cowboys. After an even par 70 on Sunday, Henzlik shot an 84 on Monday for a two-round total of 154 (+14). That total is tied for 52nd in the 93-man field. Due to the tough course and challenging conditions, only one player in the field shot par or better on Monday.
Sophomore Zach Zaremba turned in the best round by a Cowboy on Tuesday with a 77 (+7). Zaremba and fellow sophomore Mike May are each tied for 56th place with a two-round total of 155 (+15). Redshirt sophomore Max Curnow had the best turnaround on the team, improving 10 strokes from Sunday. After a disappointing 89 (+19) on Sunday, Curnow shot a 79 (+9) on Monday.
Fresno State continues to lead the tournament with a two-round total of 579 (+19). Oregon is currently is second place (583, +23) and Colorado is in third (585, +25).
Individually, Oregon State's Diego Velasquez leads the tournament with an even-par total of 140. Colorado's Pat Grady is in second place (141, +1), while Denver's Klinton Krieger and Oregon's Andrew Vijarro are tied for third (143, +3).
The final round of the 2009 Western Intercollegiate will begin on Tuesday morning with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.