April 14, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. -
In cold, spring conditions that included wind and rain, the Cowboy golf team closed out the 2009 Mizzou Tiger Intercollegiate in Columbia, Mo. on Tuesday. The Cowboys jumped from a tie for 13th place to finish 10th by shooting their best round of the tournament.
The second annual UMB Bank-Mizzou Tiger Intercollegiate was played at The Club at Old Hawthorne. In all, the tournament featured 14 teams and 75 competitors.
"We played much better today as a team," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "With a team round of 300, we were much more competitive. We need to get to the point where we are putting up that type of number during all three rounds. If we can do that, this young team will be right where we need to be. In this tournament, our hiccup in the second round really hurt us. We are improving, but we still haven't put together a complete team round where four guys are all scoring well."
As a team, the Cowboys shot the same third round score as the overall team champion of the tournament, a 300. That score gave the Cowboys a three-round total of 920 (+56).
Kansas State won the tournament with a three-round total of 874 (+10). UT-Arlington and New Orleans tied for second with identical tournament scores of 876 (+12).
Individually, Phil Henzlik closed out a nice tournament on Tuesday to lead the Pokes. Henzlik shot a 71 (-1) during the final round to finish with a tournament score of 225 (+9). That score placed him in a tie for 23rd place and gave him his third career top-25 finish.
The tournament's individual medalist honor had to be decided in a playoff. SMU's Kelly Kraft defeated Sebastain MacLean of Xavier on the second playoff hole. Each finished the tournament with a three-round total of 208 (-8).
The Cowboys will now enjoy a 10-day break before returning to the links. Next up for the Pokes will be the BYU Cougar Classic, which will be held April 24-25 at the Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah.