April 6, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team played the first two rounds of the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational on Friday, in Tempe, Arizona. In a loaded field with three top-five ranked schools the Cowboys are in 17th place of the 17-team field after two rounds with a score of 604 (+36). After two rounds the Cowboys are two strokes out of 15th place (Colorado State, Cal State Northridge 603, +35) and four strokes out of 14th place (Ball State 600, +32). Leading the way individually for the Pokes was junior Clinton Boutelle who shot rounds of 76 (+5) and 72 (+1) to finish in a tie for 39th place of the 95-man field with a score of 148 (+6).
"We were really close at different times today," Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen said. "We made some mistakes but every guy played well at times. We were just not consistent enough throughout the whole day to move up the leaderboard. This is a very excellent field and we are within 10 strokes of five or six ranked teams. We are really close to some top-50 ranked teams like (Colorado State) and UT San Antonio, both of which we have not beaten in a few years. I would really like to go out tomorrow and have a solid round from all of my guys and try and defeat them and make a move up the leaderboard."
In the first round, the Cowboys carded a 304 (+20) and were led by senior Casey Ruff who fired a three-over 74. Redshirt Freshman Eddie Stewart and Boutelle finished within two strokes of Ruff in the first round firing rounds of 75 (+4) and 76 (+5), respectively. Playing from the individual spot, redshirt freshman Jake Hedge shot UW's next best round of 77 (+6). Rounding out the Cowboys scoring were senior Mike May and sophomore Eric Parish who carded rounds of 79 (+8) and 80 (+9), respectively.
Wyoming improved between rounds shooting a second round 300 (+16) giving them 17th place with a two-round total of 604 (+36). Boutelle finished with the best two-round score for the Pokes of 148 (+6). May shot a second round 74 (+3) and was the next highest finisher in a tie for 64th place with a 36-hole total of 152 (+10). Stewart and Parish finished with two-round scores of 154 (+12) and tied for 73rd place after carding second round scores of 80 (+9) and 74 (+3), respectively. Hedge fired a second round 79 (+8) to finish in a tie for 83rd place with a score of 156 (+14). Ruff shot and 11-over 82 second round to finish with a two-round score of 158 (+16) tying him for 88th place.
The ASU Invite is being played at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., and plays a par 71 over 7,026 yards.
Cowboy golf will conclude the ASU Thunderbird Invite on Saturday with one 18-hole round. The Cowboys will stay in Arizona for the weekend before hosting the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at the Talking Stick North Course in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Monday and Tuesday, April 9-10.