April 12, 2005
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
Under sunny skies and in 85 degree heat, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team played their best team round of the season and finished in second place of 20 teams at the third annual UW/Cleveland Golf Cowboy Classic on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The host Cowboys shot a final round, even-par score of 280, seven strokes back of team champion UTEP. UC-Davis finished one stroke in back of Wyoming, followed by UCLA (B) and Utah.
"I'm so happy for my kids," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "They all contributed and played hard. This is exciting for them to see success and results from their hard work.
"We had been playing decent to this point in the spring and this result shows that we are improving and building momentum.
"I'm very pleased with Eric. He hung in there and played well. He helped carry his team to this finish."
Cowboy junior Eric Baily finished the tournament with a final round of 69 (-1), which earned him a tie for second place of 99 golfers, only one stroke out of first with two-under-par. Baily, playing in the final group, shot his second round of the event under par, paving the way for his best career finish. Wyoming redshirt junior Dan Silva had the low round of the day for the Cowboys at 68 (-2), while freshman Dave Stewart continued his solid play with a 72 (+2), good enough to tie for 13th. Stewart has now recorded scores of 74 or better in eight of his last 10 rounds. The individual finish was the best of Stewart's young career.
Utah's Steve Newren earned individual medalist honors with a three round total of 207 (-3). UTEP's Trent Rommann tied for second with Baily at 208 (-2), followed by four players tied at one-under-par.
Each team played five golfers and counted the top four scores.
The 54-hole, two day tournament was 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.
The Cowboys will next travel to Provo, Utah for the BYU Cougar Classic, April 22-23. The Cougar Classic will be UW's final tuneup before the MWC Championships in Sunriver, Ore., April 28-30.
UW Individual Results Scores/Place