April 21, 2007
PROVO, Utah -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team finished the 45th annual Ping Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah, on Saturday in a tie for 14th place out of 19 teams.
The Cowboys shot a final round team score of 296 (+8) and totaled 891 (+27) for the 54-hole, two-day tournament. UW recorded rounds of 303 (+15) and 292 (+4) on Friday.
As expected, the host BYU Cougars won their own event on their home course with a total of 832 (-32). Nevada was a distant second place at 847 (-17) and Colorado State was third with 856 (-8).
"We're showing signs of improving so far in April and I'm encouraged as we head into the conference championship," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "Obviously, I'm pleased with the performance of our two freshmen at this event and Niel (King) had a nice tournament. This group is playing loose, with some confidence and having fun, so who knows what could happen going into conference next week."
UW's King continues to play some of the best golf of his career, as he ended the Cougar Classic with an even-par round of 72, as well as an even-par event total of 216. King tied for 24th place in the field of 100 collegiate golfers.
Cowboy freshman Brandon McCoy gave his team a very good closing round of 71 (-1). That mark is the best of his young career and helped move him up to a tie for 53rd.
BYU's Daniel Summerhays won the individual title with a total of 205 (-11), while teammate Jake Ellison finished second at 206 (-10).
The event was played at Riverside Country Club in Provo, a par 72 course that measures 7,001 yards.
Next up for the Cowboys is their final competition of the season, the 2007 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship. The tournament will be held next Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28, in Tucson, Ariz.