April 3, 2012
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golfers finished competition at the OGIO-UC Santa Barbara Invitational on Tuesday, in Santa Barbara, Calif. UW finished in 11th place of the 13-team field with a team total 909 (+45) after shooting a final round 308 (+20). Redshirt freshman Eddie Stewart shot a one-over par 73 in the final round finishing the highest for the Pokes in a tie for 33rd place of the 74-man field with a final tally of 226 (+10).
"I really feel like we are pressing too much to play well and it is frustrating for us," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "The more you press, the easier it is to get out of your comfort zone and make mental mistakes. One good thing is that everyone played one good round during this tournament we just could not put those rounds together to have a good team finish."
Wyoming finished with its final round 308 (+20) giving it 11th place. Leading the way in the final individual standings was Stewart with his 33rd place finish (226, +10). Junior Clinton Boutelle shot a final round 78 (+6) and was the Cowboys next highest finisher in a tie for 36th place with a three-round score of 227 (+11). Playing from the individual spot, senior Casey Ruff finished the tournament in a tie for 39th place with a score of 228 (+12) after shooting a final round 79 (+7). Sophomore Eric Parish shot a final round 81 (+9) to finish in a tie for 51st place with a final score of 231 (+15). Senior Mike May and redshirt freshman Jake Hedge finished in a tie for 54th place with a final score of 232 (+16). May carded a final round 80 (+8) while Hedge shot a 77 (+5).
The OGIO-UCSB Invite is was played at Sandpiper Golf Club in Santa Barbara, Calif., measuring 7,068 yards and playing a par 72.
The Cowboys will continue their weeklong road trip on Friday and Saturday, April 6-7 with the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
"I know this team is close, we are halfway through our spring season and we just need to keep working hard and things will start going our way," Jensen said. "We are going to practice hard the rest of this week and have a good tournament this weekend at Arizona State."