April 10, 2006
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
After 36 holes, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers are tied for second place out of 21 teams at the fourth annual Wyoming Cowboy Classic, presented by Cleveland Golf. The opening rounds were played on Monday at the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The event-host Cowboys took advantage of perfect playing conditions and posted a morning round of 278 (-2). They followed that with an afternoon mark of 285 (+5), to give them a two-round total of 563 (+3).
The New Mexico State Aggies lead the team standings with a mark of 559 (-1). Arizona (B), North Texas and the Pokes are tied for second, just four strokes back. Grand Canyon is fifth (565) and Western Kentucky is sixth (567).
"We got off to a good start this morning, but this afternoon we started leaking a little oil," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "The good thing about this team is that we know that we can play a good round tomorrow. We're in position to win this thing. It will be a shootout tomorrow, but we're in it for the team title.
"I feel very good about the way this event is going overall. We have a competitive field and there are a lot of good teams and players here. This event is wonderful exposure for the University of Wyoming."
The Cowboys had several players contribute very good rounds on Monday, but most notable was freshman Corey Steger. Steger shot a morning round of even-par 70, but then topped that with his season-best score of 68 (-2) in the afternoon. His two-round total of 138 (-2) has the first-year collegiate golfer tied for fourth place in a large field of 109 golfers.
Steger and two others are only one stroke back of the individual leaders. New Mexico State's Danny Bowen and Ben Kreger, along with Kennesaw State's Nick Drane are tied atop the leaderboard at 137 (-3).
Not far back is Wyoming junior Jeff Franks who posted two very solid rounds (71, 69) and is tied at even-par for 10th place. UW redshirt senior Matthew Brunk got off to a hot start with an opening mark of 68 (-2) and then shot 73 (+3) during round two. Brunk is tied for 17th.
The event will conclude with a final round of 18 holes on Tuesday at Talking Stick. The teams will tee off with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. Talking Stick measures 7,133 yards and plays to a par of 70.