April 9, 2012
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team tied their best team round of the season shooting a six-under 274 second round, on Monday at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Cowboys are in a tie for seventh place with a team score of 559 (-1) after shooting a first round 285 (+5) and a second round 274 (-6). Leading the way for Wyoming was redshirt freshman Jake Hedge who fired a career-best 66 (-4) in the first round and even-par 70 in the second round to finish in a tie for eighth place with a 36-hole total of 136 (-4).
"I have been saying all spring that this team is very close to competing at a high level and I am proud that we were able to put it together today," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "I am happy for my kids because they are seeing all the hard work they have put in this spring pay off. It is great for us to be so competitive in a field of teams that most of which will be going to (NCAA) regionals and nationals."
In the first round, the Cowboys fired a 285 (+5) and were led by Hedge's career-best 66 (-4). Playing as an individual, senior Casey Ruff shot an even-par 70 in the first round. Junior Clinton Boutelle shot a one-over 71 while senior Mike May finished two strokes off Boutelle's pace with a 73 (+3). Rounding out the Cowboy's five scoring players were sophomore Eric Parish and redshirt freshman Eddie Stewart who shot 75 (+5).
Wyoming improved between Monday's two rounds shooting a second round 274 (-6) and advanced 12 places up the leaderboard to finish the day in a tie for seventh place. Boutelle was the low score for the Cowboys in the second round shooting a 66 (-4) to finish in a tie for 14th place with a score of 137 (-3). Parish also fired an under-par round of 68 (-2) in the second round to finish in a tie for 63rd place with a final tally of 143 (+3). May and Stewart finished the day in a tie for 77th place with a score of 145 (+5) after shooting second rounds of 72 (+2) and 70 (E), respectively. Ruff finished the day in a tie for 96th place (147, +7) after shooting a second round 77 (+7).
"Jake and Clinton played great today in both rounds," Jensen said. "For Jake to shoot so low in the first round as a freshman is very encouraging. I am also happy that Eric was able to come back and shoot a below-par round in the second round."
The 10th-annual Wyoming Cowboy Classic is being hosted by the Talking Stick Golf Club and is played on the North course. The course plays a par 70 and measures 7,133 yards.
"I would again like to thank our sponsors Talking Stick, Troon Golf and Cleveland Golf for helping us host such a great event," Jensen said. "I think the first day went really well. The golf course is in great shape and the weather has been perfect."
Leading the team scoring after the first day are San Diego and Kansas State with two-round scores of 545 (-15). In third place is Colorado State (547, -13) followed by Colorado (552, -8) in fourth and Arizona (555, -5) in fifth. Wyoming finds itself tied for seventh place with Gonzaga three strokes behind Texas Tech who is in sixth with a score of 556 (-4).
Atop the individual leaderboard is Colorado State's Mike Wuertz who shot two rounds of 64 (-6) finishing with a 36-hole total of 128 (-12). In second place are Kansas State's Ben Juffer and Colorado's Beau Schoolcraft who shot a 131 (-9). Rounding out the top five are Nevada's Kevin Lucas and Wichita State's Rafael Becker who fired a 36-hole score of 133 (-7).
"It is great to see this tournament grow into such a national event with some teams that are looking for some quality wins against some quality teams," Jensen added. "For a lot of the schools this is their last tournament before their conference championships and it makes this event that much better and more competitive."
The Wyoming Cowboy Classic will continue on Tuesday with one 18-hole round that will begin with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. PT.