Cowboys Tie for 16th at the UC Santa Barbara Intercollegiate

April 6, 2004


LOMPOC, Calif. -

With a final round of 306, the Wyoming Cowboys moved up one spot on the final day of the University of California Santa Barbara Bite/Pacific Coast Intercollegiate to tie for 16th place with San Jose State. The Cowboys and Spartans both ended the 54-hole event with 61-over par totals of 925. The University of California Davis won the team championship by three strokes over the University of California Riverside -- 881 to 884.

Wyoming's top individual finisher was junior Matthew Brunk who tied for 37th place with a 12-over par score of 228. Travis Bertoni of Cal Poly captured the individual medalist honors, shooting a three-under par total of 213. He defeated Brian Thornburg of New Mexico State by one stroke. Thornburg shot a two-under 214 total for three rounds.

"We played better the second and third rounds, and we had a couple of players really finish up strong," said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "Matthew (Brunk) and Jeff (Franks) both shot 74 today, which was a good score on this golf course.

"Jason (Aichele), who was our most consistent player the first couple of rounds, had an opportunity to have a really nice tournament, but he went through a bad stretch the last five or six holes. I know he was disappointed he didn't finish stronger.

"I chose to have our team play in this tournament because it has a number of outstanding teams -- a number of teams that will end up playing in the NCAA Regionals at the end of the season. I still think it is good for our players to compete against the best, but when you compete against this level of competition it doesn't allow any room for a bad round."

This year's UC Santa Barbara Intercollegiate was played at the LaPurisima Golf Club in Lompoc, Calif. The LaPurisima Golf Club course measured 7,105 yards and played to a par of 72.

Wyoming's next competition will be its own Wyoming Cowboy Classic on Monday and Tuesday, April 12-13. The Cowboy Classic will be played at the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Wyoming Individual Results

Cl. Hometown Place and Score

Matthew Brunk Jr. Fort Collins, Colo. Tie 37th 77-77-74=228 (+12)Jason Aichele Sr. Richland, Wash. Tie 45th 76-76-78=230 (+14)Jeff Franks Fr. Steamboat Springs, Colo. Tie 72nd 80-82-74=236 (+20)Niel King So. Gillette, Wyo. Tie 72nd 80-76-80=236 (+20)Eric Baily So. Crofton, Neb. Tie 84th 83-77-82=242 (+26)

Team Standings

1. UC Davis 288-293-300=881 (+17)2. UC Riverside 299-288-297-884 (+20)3. CS Northridge 283-298-304=885 (+21) St. Mary's 287-295-303=885 (+21)5. New Mexico State 289-300-299=888 (+24)6. UC Santa Barbara 291-300-298=889 (+25)7. Pacific 293-300-311=904 (+40) Cal Poly 303-306-295=904 (+40)9. Nevada 307-303-296=906 (+42)10. Santa Clara 306-304-297=907 (+43) UC Irvine 299-311-297=907 (+43)12. Utah 300-309-302=911 (+47)13. Hawaii 300-317-300=917 (+53)14. San Diego 305-312-301=918 (+54)15. Washington State 305-300-314=919 (+55)16. Wyoming 313-306-306=925 (+61) San Jose State 306-307-312=925 (+61)18. Utah State 315-317-318=950 (+86)