Cowboy Golfers In Second After First 36 Holes Of Idaho St. Bengal Invite

April 17, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Looking to continue an excellentspring season, the University of Wyoming men's golf team shot a 36-holetotal of 582, six-over par, on Monday and finds itself in second place atthe Idaho State University Bengal Invitational. Wyoming is only fourstrokes back of host Idaho State, which shot a two-round score of 578,two-over par.

Once again, junior David Hearn is Wyoming's top individual headinginto Tuesday's final 18-hole round. Hearn shot rounds of 72-72 to record aneven-par total of 144 after 36 holes. Hearn is tied with Ryan Benzel ofIdaho State and Mickey Cereghino of Boise State for fourth. They are onestroke back of Blake Allman and Preston Hafer of Idaho State, who are tiedfor second place at 143. Hearn is only four shots back of the tournamentleader, Brian Hughes of Portland State, who fired a four-under par total of140.

All five of Wyoming's individuals enter Tuesday's final round in theTop 20 out of 55 golfers. UW's Mike Urbatchka is tied for seventh at 146.Kevin Kayden sits in a tie for 10th at 147. Jake Hunter is tied for 18th at149, and Reid Lende is tied for 20th with a 36-hole score of 150.

"We came back in the second round and shot a pretty good round of283," said UW men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "Our opening round put us inthe middle of the pack, but the guys turned it up in the afternoon round andput us back in a position to win the tournament. We need to have someoneshoot a really low round tomorrow, and have a couple of other guys shootpretty good rounds to win.

"When you come into a tournament you always expect the home team tobe tough, and Idaho State will be tough to beat tomorrow. We came to thistournament knowing it was important for our confidence to play some goodgolf and then use that to build on for the BYU tournament later this week.If we come out Tuesday and play another solid round like we did this(Monday) afternoon, it will be a positive experience for us."

Wyoming's second round score of 283 is the best of the tournamentthus far, besting Idaho State's opening round of 288 by five strokes.

The 54-hole event is being played on the Blackfoot Golf Course inBlackfoot, Idaho. The course measures 6,722 yards and plays to a par of 72.

Below are the first day's team scores, as well as Wyoming'sindividual scores. The tournament concludes with a final 18-hole round onTuesday, April 18.

Following the Idaho State Bengal Invitational, Wyoming will travelto Provo, Utah, for the Brigham Young Cougar Classic on Friday and Saturday,April 21-22.

Team Standings1. Idaho State 578 (+2)2. Wyoming 582 (+6)3. Boise State 586 (+10)4. Portland State 587 (+11)5. Idaho 594 (+18)6. Eastern Washington 603 (+27)7. Rocky Mountain College 609 (+33)8. Denver 617 (+41)9. Northwest Nazarene 648 (+72)10. Westminster College 691 (+115)

Wyoming Individuals

David Hearn (Jr., Brantford, Ontario) T4th 72-72=144 (Even)Mike Urbatchka (So., Sheridan, Wyo.) T7th 75-71=146 (+2)Kevin Kayden (Jr., Fremont, Ohio) T10th 77-70=147 (+3)Jake Hunter (Jr., Page, Ariz.) T18th 79-70=149 (+5)Reid Lende (Sr., Livingston, Mont.) T20th 75-75=150 (+6)