April 4, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In windy conditions, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team played the first 36 holes on Monday at the UC-Santa Barbara Bite Classic.
On a day that saw only one golfer finish the two rounds with a total under par, the Cowboys are in the middle of the pack and sit tied for 12th in the large 21-team field. Wyoming posted scores of 302 and 304, 31 strokes over par.
"We had a good first round and I'm encouraged by that," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "Tomorrow we have a chance for a decent finish in a quality field.
"We can't control things like the weather, but we need to focus on the mental mistakes that we can control."
UC-Davis leads the tournament by four strokes over Washington State, with a total of 288.
Cowboy sophomore Jeff Franks and redshirt junior Dan Silva lead UW with totals of 152, plus eight, which ties them for 42nd of 108 individuals. Freshman Dave Stewart is only one shot back of that pair, and contributed Wyoming's low round of the day, a 74 in his second round.
Washington State's David Fern currently holds the individual lead by three strokes over J.J. Scurich of Cal Poly and Brandon Hillpot of UC-Riverside. Fern's total of two-under par 142 was the only total under par in the field.
The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday morning.
Each team played five golfers and counted the top four scores.
The 54-hole, two day tournament is being played at the La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, Calif. La Purisima is a 7,105 yard, par 72 course.
Wyoming Individual Results Scores/Place