April 19, 2008
PROVO, Utah -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team finished in ninth place of 14 teams following the final round at the BYU Cougar Classic in Provo on Saturday. Windy conditions sent scores higher across the board during the last 18 holes of the event. UW's third round score was 303 (+15), giving them a 54-hole total of 878 (+14).
UW shot team scores of 289 (+1) and 286 (-2) on Friday.
The New Mexico State Aggies maintained their Day One lead and took home the team title with an overall score of 847 (-17). The event-host BYU Cougars and the Washington State Cougars tied for second place at 858 (-6).
"The course played tougher today and we did not play as well as we did yesterday," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "On balance, we played two of three good rounds here and I think we gained some much needed confidence. This group now thinks that they can go to the conference tournament next week and put together three good rounds."
Wyoming's best round of the day came from true freshman Zach Zaremba who shot even-par 72. Zaremba finished the event with a total of 218 (+2) and tied for 26th place of 78 golfers. Fellow frosh Gabe Maier was two strokes behind Zaremba and tied for 39th place with a score of 220 (+4).
Boise State's Troy Merritt won his fourth consecutive tournament with a three-round total of 208 (-8). Merritt finished two strokes ahead of a pair of WSU Cougars; Nick Ellis and Austin Hurt at 210.
The 54-hole event took place at Riverside Golf Course, which is par 72 and measures 7,001 yards.
Wyoming's next competition will be the Mountain West Conference Championship, next Thurs.-Sat., April 24-26 in Tucson, Ariz.