Cowboys Finish Second After Two-Rounds of Play at the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic

April 8, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Rainy conditions did not slow down theWyoming Cowboy golf team Monday in Wichita, Kan., as the Pokes wouldshoot a 36-hole total of 584, 16-over par, on the first day ofcompetition at the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic. The two-round total putsthe Cowboys in second-place behind Texas-San Antonio who shot a 570,2-over par. Wyoming was led by senior Mike Urbatchka who finished2-under par, 140. Urbatchka started strong firing a first-round total of68 followed by a solid round of 72, finishing six strokes behind leaderGibby Martens (134) of Texas-San Antonio.

"We feel real good about our rounds today," said Wyoming head men'sgolf coach Joe Jensen. "The weather was, awful and it rained hard allday so it was good to have a good low round. We're slowly starting tobelieve in ourselves and believe we can compete with some really goodteams.

"We had some good senior leadership today from Mike Urbatchka. Asalways he is just playing solid for us, he's our catalyst and I'm reallylooking for him to finish the year strong and possibly earn a spot inthe NCAA Tournament."

UW sophomore Mike Mezei put in a solid two-rounds finishing the daytied for 10th with a three-over par 145. Mezei was in second overall atthe conclusion of one-round after firing a 69. Freshman Jonathan Shusssits in a tie for 15th shooting a 147, five-over par, junior KurtKowaluk is in a tie for 34th with a 10-over par, 152 and freshmanMatthew Brunk sits in a tie for 55th with a 14-over par, 156.

"We're in a good position and I have to keep reminding the guys of thatOur goal coming here was to place in the top three and we're closing inon that. We're a young team and I'm very interested to see how we'lldo with one more big round tomorrow." Jensen said.

The Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic is being played at the Crestview CountryClub South in Wichita, Kan. The course plays to a par of 71 andmeasures 6,671 yards.

The final 18-holes of competition will be played on Tuesday afternoon.

Wyoming Individual Results

Mike Urbatchka (Sr.) 3rd 68-72= 140 (-2)Mike Mezei (So.) T10th 69-76= 145 (+3)Jonathan Shuss (Fr.) T15th 73-74= 147 (+5)Kurt Kowaluk (Jr.) T34th 78-74= 152 (+10)Matthew Brunk (Fr.) T55th 80-76= 156 (+14)

Team Standings After 36-Holes

1. Texas San-Antonio 570 (+2)2. Wyoming 584 (+16)3. Washington State 589 (+21)4. Oklahoma City University 591 (+23)5. Stephen F. Austin 595 (+27)6. Denver University 597 (+29)7. Northeastern State 598 (+30)8. Wichita State 600 (+32)9. Drake University 601 (+33)10. Air Force 604 (+36)11. UMKC 605 (+37)12. Evansville 608 (+40)