April 20, 2007
PROVO, Utah -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team shot one of it's best rounds of the season to salvage the day and place them in a three-way tie with Boise State and Utah State for 13th out of 19 teams after the first two rounds at the 45th annual Ping Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah.
The Cowboys shot an opening round score of 303 (+15) on Friday morning and then came back with their second-best team round of the season in the afternoon, 292 (+4). UW's 36-hole total is 595 (+19).
"Our second round was competitive with what the field shot today and that's a good feeling," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "I'm as pleased as I've been with an outcome all year because this is what our potential is. The guys put together four solid rounds at the same time. This team, and especially the young players, have gone through some learning curves, been resilient and made slow progress, but they have the ability to shoot good rounds and I'm excited about the future.
"We now have to go out and finish strong tomorrow against a very good regional field with a lot of teams that will go to the NCAA Tournament this season. We can't let up."
Redshirt senior Niel King led the `Pokes with rounds of 73 (+1) and 71 (-1), and is tied for 22nd place out of 100 collegiate golfers. UW also received a pleasant surprise from true freshman Max Curnow who equaled his season-best round of 75 (+3) twice, and is tied for 64th place along with Cowboy senior Jeff Franks at 150 (+6). Franks shot even-par 72 during the afternoon round.
The host BYU Cougars are running away with the team title on their home course at 550 (-26). The next closest school is Nevada at 564 (-12).
The Cougars' Jake Ellison is atop the individual leaderboard at 133 (-11), after shooting rounds of 66 (-6) and 67 (-5). Four strokes back and in a tie for second place are Utah's Dustin Pimm and Nevada's Chase Cooper, at 137 (-7).
The teams will play one final round on Saturday morning at Riverside Country Club, a par 72 course that measures 7,001 yards.