April 10, 2012
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team finished the Wyoming Cowboy Classic on Tuesday, in Scottsdale, Ariz., in a tie for 13th place of the 23-team field after shooting a final round 289 (+9). They finished with a team total of 848 (+8). Leading the Cowboys was redshirt freshman Jake Hedge who fired a final round 70 (E) to finish in a tie for 11th place of the 122-man with a 54-hole total score of 206 (-4).
"We didn't play as well today as we did in the second round," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "The thing this tournament shows me is that we are making progress. Our hard work is starting to pay off. Everyone played well at one point or another today and yesterday and we were able to beat some quality teams. I know we are on the right track because we are all contributing. The lineup we played was young and it shows that no matter what anyone on our team can play well."
Leading the Cowboys was Hedge in a tie for 11th place (206, -4) after shooting his even-par final round. The Cowboys second highest finisher was junior Clinton Boutelle who shot a final round 73 (+3) to finish in a tie for 28th place with a three-round total of 210 (E). Sophomore Eric Parish fired a final round 72 (+2) to finish in a tie for 57th place with a total score of 215 (+5). Playing as an individual, senior Casey Ruff shot a final round 69 (-1) to finish in a tie for 62nd place with a three-round total of 216 (+6). Fellow senior Mike May finished the event in a tie for 83rd place with a final score of 219 (+9) after shooting a final round 74 (+4). Rounding out the Cowboys scoring was redshirt freshman Eddie Stewart who shot a final round 76 (+6) to finish in a tie for 92nd place with a score of 221 (+11).
The individual medalist award for this season's Cowboy Classic went to Kansas State's Ben Juffer by way of a scorecard playoff. Juffer and Colorado State's Mike Wuertz tied with 54-hole totals of 198 (-12), but Juffer shot a final round 67 (-3) while Wuertz shot a 70 (E) giving Juffer the title. Tying for third place was Wichita State's Rafael Becker and Colorado's Beau Schoolcraft who shot a three-round total of 201 (-9). Rounding out the top five in a tie for fifth were Kansas' Chris Gilbert and Nevada's Kevin Lucas who shot a 202 (-8).
Taking home the team championship of the event was Kansas State who shot a 14-under 826. In second place was Colorado who was two-strokes back of Kansas State with a three-round score of 828 (-12). San Diego took third place as a team with a score of 829 (-11), Texas Tech placed fourth with a team total 833 (-7) and Colorado State rounded out the top five (834, -6).
"I feel really good about how the tournament went," Jensen said. "There were a lot of great teams and great scores. This was a terrific field and I am pleased this is such a national event."
The 10th-annual Wyoming Cowboy Classic was hosted by the Talking Stick Golf Club and played on the North course. The course measured 7,133 yards and played a par 70.
"I again want to thank our sponsors and hosts, Cleveland Golf, Talking Stick and Troon Golf they were just great both days," Jensen added. "The course was in great shape and we had perfect weather so we couldn't ask for any better."