Pokes Slip to Sixth to Finish the Wyoming Cowboy Classic

April 11, 2006


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Four teams shot under par on Tuesday and the University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers could not keep pace, falling from a second place tie into sixth to finish the fourth annual Wyoming Cowboy Classic, presented by Cleveland Golf. The Cowboys closed with a final round score of 286 (+6) at the par-70 Talking Stick North Course in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The New Mexico State Aggies held onto their day one lead by firing a team round of 277 (-3). The Aggies' two-day total of 836 (-4) would give them a three-stroke cushion over the 21-team field and the team title. On the strength of a tournament record round of 64 (-6) from Brent Long, Western Kentucky (839) jumped from sixth to second by shooting a final round of 272 (-8). Squads from Arizona and New Mexico tied for third at 846, while Southern Utah (847) used a strong closing round of 273 (-7) to leap from 11th to a final place of fifth, two strokes ahead of Wyoming (849).

"We were looking to win this tournament, so everyone is disappointed with the way we finished today," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "It's about execution and that just didn't happen.

"I can still take away positives from this event, because I know that we can go into Provo this week and play well. This team needs to show how they can play over three rounds and be consistent. We know we're close.

"The home event overall was a success and all of the teams left here having enjoyed the tournament that we put on."

A bright spot for the Cowboys individually was freshman Corey Steger. Steger, who had rounds of 68 (-2) and 70 (E) on Monday, finished with another solid round of 71 (+1) on Tuesday. The UW freshman's two-day total of 209 (-1) would be good enough to finish tied for fifth of 109 entrants.

New Mexico State's Danny Bowen and Ben Kreger finished in a first-place tie atop the individual standings at 205 (-5), with Bowen being awarded top medalist honors based on tie-breakers. All three of Bowen's rounds were under par (69, 68, 68). Arizona's Nick Park placed third at 207 (-3).

Next for the Cowboys was redshirt senior Matthew Brunk at 214 (+4). Brunk tied for 32nd place. Senior Dan Silva had the best round of the day for Wyoming, a 69 (-1), and totaled 217 (+7). Junior Jeff Franks finished at 218 (+8) and Eric Baily ended with 222 (+12).

The next tournament for the Pokes will be this Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, at the BYU Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah.