April 9, 2007
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
After a morning round filled with low scores from the field, and a windy afternoon that sent marks higher, the University of Wyoming men's golf team is in 18th place out of 23 teams at the 2007 Wyoming Cowboy Classic, presented by Cleveland Golf, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Cowboys recorded nearly identical team scores of 295 (+15) and 294 (+14) on their way to a total of 589 (+29) strokes.
The pack is tightly bunched and UW is close enough that a solid final round on Tuesday could move them up several spots in their annual home tournament in Arizona. The Cowboys are only two shots back of Santa Clara and Weber State, and four strokes back of Idaho.
UC Davis is leading the team standings after posting a blistering eight-under-par morning round and a 36-hole total of 554 (-6). Two strokes back is UC Santa Barbara at 556 (-4) and Utah is in third place at 558 (-2).
Individually, Joe Ryon of UC Santa Barbara is leading the very large field of 119 golfers with a two round total of 133 (-7). Ryon shot rounds of 65 (-5) and 68 (-2). In second place is Nate Pistacchio of UC Davis with a mark of 135 (-5) and only one stroke back is his teammate Louie Bishop at 136.
All told, ten players are under par with one round remaining to be played Tuesday morning.
Wyoming's top performance of the day came from redshirt senior Niel King who is tied for 14th place with his 36-hole total of 141 (+1). King had a solid morning round of 72 (+2) and then upped the ante with an afternoon scorecard of 69 (-1).
"This tournament is such a great representation of our golf program and the University of Wyoming," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "Each year more of our alumni and fans are taking notice of our event and I'm proud of that.
"We knew this would be a very competitive field and as a team we were able to put in some good practice time and prepare well for this tournament. There were some big numbers that hurt us today, but overall I saw a lot of solid golf from my guys and there is a lot of good there."
For the fifth straight year the 54-hole tournament is being held at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale. The Cowboy Classic is played on the North course, par 70 and measuring 7,133 yards.