April 5, 2011
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz -
The final round of the Cowboy Classic was completed on Tuesday at the Talking Stick North Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. with the Cowboy golf team finishing the tournament in 13th place of the 20-team field with a final score of 867 (+27). The highest finisher for the Cowboys was senior Gabe Maier, who tied for fifth place with a three-round total of 208 (-2).
"I am very please with how the kids responded today," Cowboy Golf head coach Joe Jensen said. "Anytime you improve from round-to-round like that is great. I am really pleased with our round today, these kids deserve some success. I would also like to thank our sponsors Cleveland Golf/Srixon, Talking Stick Golf Course and Troon Golf for hosting us. I think the tournament was well received and we really enjoyed hosting it."
After struggling during the second round on Monday, the Cowboys came out on Tuesday and shot their best round of the tournament. They fired a team score of 277 (-3), which was tied for the third best round of the day as a team.
Just one day after Colorado State's Zahkai Brown shot a new tournament record, Cowboy Gabe Maier matched Brown's total in today's final round. Maier shot a final round 63 (-7) to tie for the best round ever shot at the Cowboy Classic and also tied him for the UW single round record. Maier's finish placed him in a tie for fifth place of the 104-man field with a three-round total of 208 (-2). The next highest finisher for the Cowboys was Clinton Boutelle who shot a third round 70 (E), giving him a three-round total of 215 (+5) and placing him in a tie for 30th place. Casey Ruff, playing as an individual for UW, had the next highest finish in a tie for 57th-place, shooting a final round 78 (+8) and giving him a total of 220 (+10) for the tournament.
"Gabe's round was just awesome today," Jensen added. "I think with low rounds like that and low rounds as a team, we are getting closer to becoming a really good team."
With a seven-under 63, Maier tied three former Cowboys for the all-time record for a single round. He tied Mathew Brunk (65, -7 at the Ron Moore Invite in March of 2006), Jeff Franks (65, -7 at the Cougar Classic in April of 2006) and Mike Urbatchka (65, -7 at the Idaho State Bengal Invite in April of 2000).
Winning the team title at the Cowboy Classic was Baylor University with a three-round total of 836 (-4). Trailing by three strokes was Arizona with a total of 839 (-1). Rounding out the top five were; Colorado State in third place with a total of 841 (+1), UC-Davis in fourth with a score of 843 (+3) and tying for fifth was Colorado and Nevada with a total of 854 (+14).
Taking home the individual title was Arizona's Tarquin Macmanus with a three-round total of 202 (-8), which is the best three round total in Cowboy Classic history. Tying for second was Baylor's Joakin Mikkelsen and Colorado State's Zahkai Brown with a total of 203 (-7). In fourth place was Austin Graham of UC-Davis with a score of 205 (-5). Four players tied for fifth place with a three round score of 208 (-2) including; Maier of UW, Andrew Gunson of UC-Santa Barbara, Alex Ching of San Diego and Ryan Peterson of Colorado State.
The Cowboy Classic was held at the Talking Stick North Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. The North Course is a par 70 and measures 7133 yards.
"We have two tournaments left now and it is two tournaments that I know we are capable of playing well at," Jensen added.
Wyoming Golf will now have a week off before traveling to Provo, Utah to take part in the BYU Cougar Classic on April 15-16.