April 10, 2007
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
Tight races that were decided by just one stroke, for both the team and individual titles highlighted the final round on Tuesday of the 2007 Wyoming Cowboy Classic, presented by Cleveland Golf, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
On the final hole of the final round, UC Davis' Matt Marshall matched a birdie by UC Santa Barbara's Marty Melcher to give the Aggies the team title by the narrowest of margins, one stroke. UC Davis totaled even-par 840, while the Gauchos and Utah ended the event at 841 (+1). Oral Roberts (853) was fourth, while Southern Utah and Kansas tied for fifth place at 854.
Louie Bishop of UC Davis shot three rounds under par (67-69-69) in the beautiful Arizona weather and won individual medalist honors with a total of 205 (-5). Nipping at his heels were Kansas' Gary Woodland, UCSB's Joe Ryon and UC Davis' Nate Pistacchio, who all finished one stroke back at 206 (-4). Six players tied for fifth at 209 (-1).
The host University of Wyoming men's golf team had a difficult event and placed in a tie for 20th out of 23 teams. The Cowboys shot a final round of 296 (+16) and concluded the 54-hole event with a total of 885 (+45) strokes, the same as Santa Clara and Weber State.
For the fifth straight year the 54-hole tournament was held at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale. The Cowboy Classic was played on the North course, par 70 and measuring 7,133 yards.
"Overall this was a great college event and the close finishes made it really entertaining," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "With only one stroke separating three teams that all played together on the final day, there was a fun atmosphere. There were also some premier players here that had a close finish for the individual trophy and didn't disappoint.
"Talking Stick was in top-notch shape for this tournament and they were great hosts for this large field. We also couldn't have hosted this event without the sponsorship of Cleveland Golf.
"This young Cowboy team is making improvements and gaining experience. We're a team for the future, so we just need to keep working and move towards a goal of all posting a low round at the same time."
Redshirt senior Niel King had the best tournament finish for Wyoming, tying for 36th place in the field of 119 golfers with a mark of 216 (+6). Senior Jeff Franks had the best round of the day for UW with his score of 71 (+1).
The next tournament for the Cowboys will be the BYU Cougar Classic. That event will take place April 20-21 in Provo, Utah.