April 9, 2013
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
The University of Wyoming men's golf team used its best team round of the spring season of 288 (+8) to move up two places in the final round of the 11th annual Wyoming Cowboy Classic on Tuesday at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Cowboys finished the event in 13th place of the 24-team field with a two round score of 599 (+39). Junior Brent Baylon carded a final round 70 (E) and led UW with his second top-25 finish of the season tying for 25th place of the 126-man field with a score of 147 (+7). Senior Clinton Boutelle fired his first under-par round of the season with a two-under 68 and finished tied for 40th place with a 36-hole score of 149 (+9).
"I am very happy we were able to score better today," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "The conditions were much more favorable for scoring and we were really able to take advantage of that. Clinton has been knocking on the door of under-par rounds for the last couple tournaments and I am very proud of him making that happen today. I am also very happy with how Brent played the last couple days. As a team, I feel good that we beat some quality teams at this event. It shows that we can be competitive in any field when we get the top-to-bottom contribution like this.
"I also need to thank the Talking Stick staff they were excellent in helping us out the last couple days and doing their best with the conditions yesterday. The course was in great shape both days. I am very appreciative of the staff here and all their hard work. I also want to make sure to thank our sponsors Cleveland Golf and Pure Grips. Both are very great to work with and help make this event happen every year."
Following Baylon and Boutelle, junior Eric Parish carded a final round 76 (+6) to finish with a score of 150 (+10) tying him for 47th place. Playing from one of UW's individual places, fellow junior Eddie Stewart was the next highest finisher tying 56th place after shooting a 75 (+5) and finishing with a score of 151 (+11). Sophomore Jake Hedge closed the event with a six-over 76 finishing tied for 91st place with a score of 155 (+15). Freshman Kamrin Allen finished one stroke behind Hedge tying for 95th place with a final tally of 156 (+6) after shooting a second round 74 (+4). Playing from Wyoming's other individual spot, redshirt sophomore P.J. Thomas shot a final round 81 (+11) tying him for 121st place with a final score of 165 (+25).
Baylon and Boutelle paced the Cowboys to their best round of the spring season today, that was also the 10th-best round of the day in the 24-team field. It was Baylon's fourth round this season of par or better this season. Boutelle's under-par round was his third of par or better this season.
Scoring in today's second round was much lower with six teams shooting rounds of par or better. Gonzaga came out of a very tightly bunched pack to take first place after firing the second-best round of the day at 275 (-5) to finish with a score of 574 (+14). Colorado carded the best round of the afternoon of six-under 274 and finished in second with a final total of 580 (+20). Trailing Colorado was Tulsa and St. Mary's who tied for third with a two-round score of 582 (+22). Arizona rounded out the top five in fifth with a score of 584 (+24). Finishing in sixth was first round leader Wichita State with a 587 (+27) followed by Utah in seventh with a 588 (+28) and Colorado State and Idaho who tied for ninth with a score of 593 (+33). Kansas State finished the event in 11th place with a score of 595 (+35), with UC Riverside finishing in 12th with a score of 596 (+36), Wyoming in 13th with a two-round tally of 599 (+39) and Boise State, Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara tied for 14th with a score of 601 (+41).
Taking home the individual medalist award was UC Santa Barbara's Glen Scher, who was the only player under par for the event, with a total score of 138 (-2). Four players in Utah's Daniel Engle, Tulsa's Logan McCracken as well as St. Mary's Mac McClung and Jonathan De Los Reyes tied for second place with an even-par score of 140 (E). In sixth place was Kansas State's Curtis Yonke with a two-round total of 141 (+1), followed by Wichita State's Hunter Sparks, Colorado's Derek Fribbs and Gonzaga's Peter Gullickson who tied for seventh with a score of 142 (+1). Tying for 10th place with a score of 143 (+3) were Colorado's Jason Burstyn, Boise State's Taeksoo Kim, Gonzaga's Sean Walsh and Arizona's Dylan Healey.
The Wyoming Cowboy Classic was played at Talking Stick-North Course for the 11th-consecutive year. The course played a par 70 and 7,133 yards.
Next up for the Wyoming men's golfers will be the BYU Cougar Classic on April 26-27 in Provo, Utah.
"We are going to continue to work hard this spring and keep improving," Jensen said. "I am happy we are getting better with each round, but there is still a lot of work left to do and I know the kids are going to keep working hard."