April 12, 2004
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
The first two rounds of the 2004 Wyoming Cowboy Classic were played on Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz., with Wyoming junior Matthew Brunk leading the way for the Cowboys. Brunk fired a second round of four-under par 66 to go with an opening round 72 and is in sixth place at two-under par 138.
The Cowboys are in 16th in the 18-team field with a 36-hole total of 23-over par 583.
UCLA (B) leads the tournament by nine strokes over Idaho. The Bruins will enter Tuesday's final round with a 10-under par score of 550. Idaho is the only other team under par through 36 holes at one-under par 559.
Four individuals are tied for first place. Jarett Hamamoto of Air Force, Travis Johnson of UCLA (B), Adam Choy of Boise State and Joakim Renstrom of UCLA (B) all shot two-round totals of four-under par 136. Wyoming's Brunk is just two strokes back of the leaders.
Idaho's Pete Williams, who is tied for seventh place at one-under par 139, recorded the first hole in one of his career on the 223-yard, par 3, sixth hole in the first round on Monday. In Monday's second round, he came within an inch of making a hole in one on the same exact hole.
"Individually, Matthew (Brunk) had an outstanding round in the afternoon, shooting a four-under 66," said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "As a team, however, we didn't have anyone else step up and have a really strong first day.
"There are a number of teams closely packed together in the middle of the field. From seventh through our 16th position, there are 10 teams separated by only 10 strokes. With a good final round, we still have an opportunity to make a move.
"For the second year of our tournament, I'm really pleased with the quality of teams we have attracted, and I'm excited about the way the tournament has grown from the first to second year. We had 11 teams in our first year of this event, and this year we have 18. I hope we can continue to build this tournament in future years."
This is the second straight year that UW has hosted the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The course measures 7,133 yards and plays to a par of 70.
Tuesday's final round will tee off at 8 a.m., Pacific time with a shotgun start.