Wyoming Junior Matthew Brunk Places Sixth at the 2004 Cowboy Classic

April 13, 2004


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The final round of the 2004 Wyoming Cowboy Classic was played on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., with Wyoming junior Matthew Brunk leading the way for the Cowboys. Brunk shot a final round of even par 70, and posted a 54-hole total of two-under par 208 to tie for sixth with Kane Hanson of Drake. Brunk finished only four strokes behind tournament champion Travis Bertoni of Cal Poly, who shot a six-under par score of 204.

As a team, Wyoming moved up two spots to place 14th in the 18-team field. The Pokes shot a seven-over par round of 287 on Tuesday to finish with a three-round total of 870. UCLA (B) captured the team title, shooting a 54-hole score of 829 -- 11-under par. The Bruins defeated Drake by 16 strokes. Drake finished in sole possession of second place with a five-over par total of 845 for the tournament.

"We improved today, and that was our goal," said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "Matthew (Brunk) maintained his sixth-place showing from the first day to the final day, and every other player on our team lowered their score from the second to third round.

"This was a really good tournament field for only our second year of hosting this event. We had a lot of quality programs from all over the country, and I feel that this tournament will continue to grow in the future.

"I feel good about our improvement today. It gives us something to build on for next week's BYU tournament."

On Monday, Brunk tied for the low round of the tournament when he fired a four-under par 66 in the second round. He was one of only seven players to shoot a 66 in the second round, and was one of only nine players to fire a 66 in any round of the tournament.

UCLA (B) led the tournament by nine strokes over Idaho after the first two rounds were complete. The Bruins entered Tuesday's final round with a 10-under par score of 550. Idaho was the only other team under par through 36 holes at one-under par 559.

Four individuals were tied for first place heading into Tuesday's third and final round. 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 was just two strokes back of the leaders heading into Tuesday's closing round. Eventual champion Bertoni was only one stroke back of the leaders entering the final round.

Idaho's Pete Williams, who finished in a tie for 24th place in the final standings, 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.

This marked the second straight year that UW hosted the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The course measured 7,133 yards and played to a par of 70.

Next up for the Wyoming Cowboys is the BYU Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah, on Friday and Saturday, April 23-24. That will be the final regular-season tournament for the Pokes prior to the Mountain West Conference Championship in Sunriver, Ore., on Thursday through Saturday, April 29-May 1.