April 7, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team finished play at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational on Saturday, in Tempe, Ariz. Unfortunately, the Cowboys could not make a move up the star-studded leaderboard that featured three top-five teams and finished the tournament in 17th place of the 17-team field with a final tally of 906 (+54). They shot a final round 302 (+18) and were led by junior Clinton Boutelle who carded a 73 (+2) in the final round to finish in a tie for 38th place of the 95-man field with a 54-hole total of 221 (+8).
"This is a very elite field and you have to play mistake free golf to finish highly and we just made too many mistakes this weekend," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "We are just not playing well as a team this spring. Each guy has played well at different times during all of this spring but we cannot seem to put it together as a team. I know our attitudes are still good we just have to keep working hard and it will come. We are playing a very elite schedule this spring and all it can do for us is make us better. I just keep reminding my guys that every week we are playing against some of the best teams and golfers in the country and it will only make us better."
Wyoming shot a final round 302 (+18) and recorded their 17th place finish (906, +54). Leading the way was Boutelle who shot a two-over 73 and finished in 38th place (221, +8). The Cowboys next highest finisher was senior Mike May who shot a final round 77 (+6) and finished in a tie for 70th place with a score of 229 (+16). Sophomore Eric Parish and senior Casey Ruff both finished in a tie for 81st place with a score of 232 (+19) after shooting final rounds of 78 (+7) and 74 (+3), respectively. Playing as an individual, redshirt freshman Jake Hedge shot a final round 77 (+6) finishing in a tie for 84th place with a score of 233 (+20). Redshirt freshman Eddie Stewart finished the tournament in a tie for 86th place (234, +21) after shooting a final round 80 (+9).
The Cowboys will now prepare to host the Wyoming Cowboy Classic on Monday and Tuesday, April 9-10 at the Talking Stick North Course in Scottsdale, Ariz.