Cowboy Golf Saves Best Scores for Final Day of UCSB Bite Classic

April 5, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Proving that rankings don't always tell the full story, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team played the final 18 holes on Tuesday at the UC-Santa Barbara Bite Classic and finished ahead of five schools that entered the tournament ranked ahead of UW.

The Cowboys shot their best team round of the tournament, a 300 (+12), and finished tied for 13th in the large 21-team field. Wyoming's three-round total of 907 (+43) equaled that of 53rd ranked Oregon State.

"We beat a lot of schools that were ranked higher than us, and that is really all I can expect from my guys in a tournament," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "If we can continue to beat teams that are expected to beat us, then I'll be very pleased.

"We are getting into a little better rhythm and our attitudes are good."

Pre-tournament rankings were obtained from www.golfstat.com.

UC-Davis maintained their Day One lead and won the tournament by eight strokes over second-place Washington State, with a total of 879 (+15).

Cowboy sophomore Jeff Franks improved 22 spots in the standings by posting a one-under par 71 in the third and final round. Franks, who finished at 223 (+7), tied for 20th out of 108 individuals. Freshman Dave Stewart also jumped in the final tally and improved 17 places with his second consecutive round of 74. Stewart tied for 32nd.

No golfers finished the event with a total of even par or lower on the challenging La Purisima course, but a 217 (+1) was good enough for UC Davis' Louie Bishop to win the individual title. Bishop held off four others for a one stroke victory.

Each team played five golfers and counted the top four scores.

The 54-hole, two day tournament was played at the La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, Calif. La Purisima is a 7,105 yard, par 72 course.

Wyoming's next action will come Monday and Tuesday, April 11-12 when they host the third annual UW/Cleveland Golf Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Cowboy Classic will be played at the Talking Stick Golf Club, North Course.

UW Individual Results  Scores/Place

Jeff Franks 75+77+71=223 (+7, T 20th)Dave Stewart 79+74+74=227 (+11, T 32nd)Dan Silva 76+76+77=229 (+13, T 54th)Eric Baily 76+78+79=233 (+17, T 76th)Niel King 75+83+78=236 (+20, T 89th)