April 6, 2009
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
On a beautiful spring day in the desert, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team hosted the opening two rounds of the seventh annual Cowboy Classic at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. In all, 20 teams and 118 individuals are competing in the event.
The North Course at Talking Stick, which has hosted all seven Cowboy Classics, measures 7,133 yards and plays to a par of 70.
"We had a beautiful day and some great competition during the first two rounds of our home tournament," UW head coach Joe Jensen said. "The course is in premium condition, and we expect an exciting finish tomorrow from this talented field. The top of the tournament is very tight and anything can happen."
After a windy morning that caused higher scores, the teams settled into a hot afternoon and the low scores followed. During a second round that featured two hole-in-ones, 19 of 20 teams improved their team score from the morning round. Those hole-in-ones came from Fresno State's Grant Doverspike on hole #11 and UTEP's Josh Taylor on hole #8.
The Cowboys were one of those teams that showed a great deal of improvement during the second round. After shooting a combined 300 (+20) in the first round, the Pokes came back with a second round 285 (+5), their best round of the spring. That combined score of 585 (+25) places the Cowboys in a 12th place tie.
Individually, sophomore Gabe Maier had the best day of any Cowboy. Maier posted rounds of 73 and 69 for a total of 142 (+2). That scores places him in a tie for 23rd place. Sophomore Mike May was close behind, positing a two-round total of 144 (+4). May is currently tied for 37th place.
"I see us making progress as the spring continues," added Jensen. "However, a few bigger numbers today kept us from moving up on the leader board. As a team, our scores are bunched a little closer together than they have been, which shows progress. While they are not gone, we are seeing less and less mental mistakes in each event. This group is trying to get their confidence up. We do some great things and make a couple birdies, then a big number sneaks in on us."
UC Davis, who won the Cowboy Classic in both 2007 and 2008, leads the field again this year. The Aggies posted a two-round total of 558 (-2). Northwestern and Oregon State are tied for second place with even-par totals of 560.
Individually, Oregon State's Morten Madsen leads the classic with a two-round scorecard of 133 (-7). UC Davis' Austin Graham and Northwestern's David Lipsky are tied for second at 137 (-3).
The 2009 Cowboy Classic will conclude tomorrow with one final round of 18-holes. The day will begin with a 7:45 a.m. (Pacific Time) shotgun start.