April 8, 2013
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
On a day with very windy and dusty conditions causing the stoppage of play after 18 holes, the University of Wyoming men's golf team finished the first round of the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in 15th place of the 24-team field after shooting a 311 (+31). Junior Eric Parish led the UW scoring in the first round carding a four-over 74 to finish the day tied for 10th place of the 126-man field. High winds and air quality concerns caused tournament officials to stop play before the second round of the event could get underway and have shortened it to 36 holes, with the final round of 18 holes to be played on Tuesday.
"Due to the very windy conditions today we cancelled the afternoon round," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "I was very happy with how the course was set up today, but because of the extremely high winds we had to stop play. What that leaves us with is a setup for a very tight finish tomorrow. There are 14 teams separated by 10 shots or less and we are one of them. We are in a good position for a very solid finish tomorrow. I am happy with how Eric played today he battled through the tough conditions and had a great finish. As a team, I think we will improve tomorrow because we know this course so well and the field is so tightly bunched."
Parish led the Cowboy team scoring, but playing as an individual fellow junior Eddie Stewart carded the team's second-best round of the day firing a six-over 76 to finish tied for 27th place. Junior Brent Baylon shot the second-best round of the scoring Cowboys at 77 (+7) which tied him for 43rd place. Sophomore Jake Hedge finished the day tied for 70th after shooting a nine-over 79. Senior Clinton Boutelle shot an 81 (+11) and finished the day tied for 86th place. Freshman Kamrin Allen finished one stroke behind Boutelle with an 82 (+12) to finish tied for 94th place. Playing from Wyoming's other individual place redshirt sophomore P.J. Thomas shot an 84 (+14) finishing tied for 109th place.
"I am happy with how Eddie played from the individual spot," Jensen said. "As a team we are in position for a good finish. I know we will play better tomorrow because we are still in the middle of the field after our one and two guys (Boutelle and Allen) struggled today. I know those two will play better tomorrow and help give us a great chance for a solid finish."
Wichita State is atop the Cowboy Classic team leaderboard after firing a first round 294 (+14). In second place and the only other team to shoot below 300 on the day was Gonzaga with a 299 (+19). Behind Gonzaga is Arizona in third with a score of 301 (+21), Kansas State in fourth with a first-round 303 (+23), Old Dominion in fifth with a 304 (+24), Tulsa in sixth with a score of 305 (+25), St. Mary's and Colorado tied for seventh with score of 306 (+26), Hawaii in ninth at 307 (+27) and UC Santa Barbara and Utah round out the top 10 tied for 10th with a score of 308 (+28). UC Riverside is in 12th after firing a 309 (+29) in the first round, with UTEP and Boise State are one stroke behind tied for 13th with a score of 310 (+30) followed by Wyoming and Air Force who round out the top 15 tied for 15th with a score of 311 (+31).
No player in the first round shot under par, but three players tied for first after shooting even-par rounds of 70. Tying for first place were Kansas State's Curtis Yonke, UC Santa Barbara's Glen Scher and Wichita State's Louis Cohen-Boyer. Utah's Daniel Engle and Gonzaga's Travis Johnsen tied for fourth with a one-over 71. Four players in Boise State's Charlie Maruslak, Weber State's Jeff Jones, Wichita State's Hunter Sparks and St. Mary's Jonathan De Los Reyes finished tied for sixth with first round scores of 73 (+3). Parish and nine other players in the field tied for 10th after shooting a four-over 74 in the first round.
The Cowboy Classic is being played a The Talking Stick-North Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. The North Course plays 7,133 yards and a par 70.
The event will conclude on Tuesday with one 18-round beginning at 7:30 a.m. PT with a shotgun start.