April 11, 2005
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
Led by a career low round from junior Eric Baily, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team finished the initial 36 holes at the third annual UW/Cleveland Golf Cowboy Classic on Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Cowboys shot their two best team rounds of the year, an opening round 283 (+3) and a second round of 284 (+4), which has them tied for second place with Drake in the 20-team field.
"I'm pleased with the quality of the field that we have here," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "They are all solid, but we knew we could compete with these teams.
"To be in second place after two rounds says a lot and we're in a good position. We will play as hard as we can tomorrow and try to win a college golf tournament. I'm excited to see how we'll finish and I'm pleased with the guys' efforts today.
"We are slowly eliminating the big numbers and elevating our play. We are beating a team in UC-Davis that just won a tournament. We are showing we can compete and slowly improving our national ranking."
Cowboy junior Eric Baily is tied for fourth place of 99 golfers after a career best round of 67 (-3), followed by a 72 (+2), for a first day total of 139 (-1). Freshman Dave Stewart, playing well of late, is one stroke behind Baily, with a total of 140 (E). Stewart counted rounds of 72 and 68.
UTEP, 564, leads the team standings by three strokes over Wyoming and Drake. Utah and UC-Davis are tied for fourth at 570.
Each team played five golfers and counted the top four scores.
The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday morning, a shotgun start at 8:00 am.
The 54-hole, two day tournament is being played at the Talking Stick Golf Club North Course. For the fourth consecutive year the North Course has been named by Golfweek magazine as either the first or second ranked public course in the state of Arizona. Talking Stick North is a 7,133 yard, par 70 course.
UW Individual Results Scores/Place