April 5, 2004
LOMPOC, Calif. -
It was a tough first day for the Wyoming Cowboys on Monday in the first two rounds of the University of California Santa Barbara Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. UW shot rounds of 313 and 306 for a 619 total and is in 17th place in the 18-team field with one round remaining to be played on Tuesday.
The Cowboys did improve in the afternoon round on Monday, improving by seven strokes over their first round score. In the second round, four Cowboys shot rounds in the 70s after only two Pokes shot in the 70s in round one. Jason Aichele led UW in both rounds with identical rounds of 76. He is tied for 37th place after 36 holes with an eight-over par total of 152. He is within three strokes of the Top 25 as six individuals are tied for 24th place at five-over par 149. The only other Cowboy to shoot in the 70s both rounds was Matthew Brunk, who fired back-to-back rounds of 77 for a 10-over par total of 154.
The University of California Davis and Cal State Northridge share the team lead with five-over par totals of 581 through 36 holes. Individually, Pete Sisich of Cal State Northridge holds a one-stroke lead over Brian Thornburg of New Mexico State. Sisich shot a five-under par total of 139, while Thornburg sits at four-under 140.
"We played better in the afternoon on Monday, but we started out poorly in the morning," said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "Jason (Aichele) and Matthew (Brunk) played solid rounds, and were really our only two consistent performers for the day. Niel (King) and Eric (Baily) came back to play well in the afternoon -- both shooting in the 70s, but it was really hard for us to overcome our opening round.
"Our goal for Tuesday is to try to continue to improve. We need to try and better Monday afternoon's round and build some confidence."
This year's UC Santa Barbara Intercollegiate is being played at the LaPurisima Golf Club in Lompoc, Calif. The LaPurisima Golf Club course measures 7,105 yards and plays to a par of 72.
The UCSB Intercollegiate will conclude on Tuesday, April 6 with a final 18-hole round teeing off at 8:00 a.m., Pacific time.