April 13, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. - While he wasn't able to hold on to a share of the lead during Tuesday's final round of the Mizzou Intercollegiate, University of Wyoming golfer Gabe Maier did earn his fourth top-10 finish of the season with a solid fourth place finish in Columbia, Mo.
Maier, a junior from Cody, Wyo., was in a three-way tie for first place after Monday's opening two rounds. Unfortunately, he shot a 74 (+2) on Tuesday and finished in a fourth place tie. He finished three strokes off of the leaders with a three-round total of 214 (-2).
While Maier had hopes of winning the event, his fourth place finish adds to his successful season to date. He has now finished in the top-10 at four different events and has been in the top-five three times. In his career, he has now finished in the top-25 eight times.
"While Gabe wasn't able to come out and light up the course, he still had quite a tournament and we are all proud of him," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "He can compete with the top players in the nation and this fourth place finish shows that. The course played a little tougher today and while Gabe didn't play poorly, he just missed a couple of shots. A nice finish like this simply adds to Gabe's confidence as we head down the stretch run of the season."
In addition to Maier's top-five finish, redshirt freshman and fellow Cody native Clinton Boutelle finished in the top-15. He tied for 15th place with a three round score of 219 (+3) and had the Cowboys' best third round by carding a 73 (+1). Boutelle has now finished in the top-20 of three events during his first season of competitive college golf.
As a team, the Cowboys jumped from seventh place to finish in a fifth place tie on Tuesday. The Pokes closed out the tournament by shooting a third-round 299 (+11). That gave the Pokes a three-round score of 885 (+21).
"I wouldn't say that this was a great tournament for our team, but we were solid," Jensen added. "It is nice to be in the top-five of an event like this but we know we are capable of playing a little better."
In the team standings, Nebraska finished first with a three-round total of 857 (-7). Kansas State finished second with a score of 858 (-6) and Missouri placed third at 867 (+3).
In the individual race, Kansas State's Curtis Yonke defeated Nebraska's Brandon Crick on the fourth playoff hole to claim the individual title. Both players finished with a three-round total of 211 (-5).
The event, which was hosted by the University of Missouri, was played at The Club at Old Hawthorne. The course plays to a par of 72 and measures 6,204 yards in length. The field featured 83 players and 15 teams.
The Cowboys have two tournaments remaining this season. They will travel to Provo, Utah for the BYU Cougar Classic from April 23-24 before competing in the Mountain West Conference Championship at the end of April.
|Wyoming Team Results||Hometown||Class||Scores|
|Gabe Maier||Cody, Wyo.||Jr.||69+71+74=214 (-2, Tie 4th)|
|Clinton Boutelle||Cody, Wyo.||R-Fr.||76+70+73=219 (+3, T 15th)|
|Zach Zaremba||Pueblo, Colo.||Jr.||73+80+76=229 (+13, T 48th)|
|Phil Henzlik||Rapid City, S.D.||Jr.||79+73+77=229 (+13, T 48th)|
|Casey Ruff||Buffalo, Wyo.||Jr.||74+80+76=230 (+14, T 51st)|
|Max Curnow (Individual)||Liberty, Mo.||Jr.||79+81+74=234 (+18, T 64th)|