April 14, 2006
PROVO, Utah -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers played an up and down 36 holes on Friday at the Ping Golf Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah. The highlight of the day was an afternoon round of 65 (-7) by Cowboy junior Jeff Franks, which ties the UW school record for a single round score. The seven-under par mark had been established earlier this season by redshirt senior Matthew Brunk.
The disappointing result of the day for Wyoming was their team standing with only one round remaining to play. The Cowboys are 11th of 16 teams after a difficult round of 295 (+7) to open with, only to follow with their next round at a much improved 282 (-6). UW's total of 577 (+1) is five strokes back of Utah Valley State in 10th and eight strokes back of UNLV and UTEP, who are tied for eighth.
UNC-Charlotte is leading the event with a blistering total of 551 (-25), followed by Fresno State and Weber State in a second place tie at 556 (-20).
"We really dug ourselves a big hole with our morning round," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "With the level of play at this event and the talent that we have on this team, our first round score was unacceptable. This is a blow to our hopes for qualifying for NCAA Regionals. We now will need to win the conference tournament in order to play at Regionals.
"This is a very good tournament and there are teams that are putting up very good scores. Our 282 in the afternoon was much better and I am proud of the guys for bouncing back the way they did. It is important that we now finish with a positive round tomorrow in order to give us some momentum heading into our conference event."
Franks' school record round launched him up the individual standings and he is tied for 20th place of 84 golfers. His round of 65 combined with a morning score of 76 (+4) puts the Cowboy junior at 141 (-3) through 36 holes.
Next for the Pokes is Brunk, whose consistent mirror rounds of even-par 72 place him in a tie for 38th.
Atop the individual leaderboard is Barry Schenk of Weber State. Schenk used rounds of 67 (-5) and 66 (-6) to give himself a slim one-stroke cushion over Utah's Dustin Pimm, who scored 134 (-10).
The 54-hole event will conclude with a final round on Saturday at the Riverside Country Club in Provo.