Cowboy Golf in Sixth Place After the First Day of the 2001 BYU Cougar Classic

April 20, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Kurt Kowaluk fired back-to-backrounds of 73 on Friday for a 36-hole score of 146, and is tied for 16thplace after the first day of the 2001 Brigham Young Cougar Classic beingplayed in Provo, Utah.

Kowaluk's 146 places him just sixstrokes out of the lead. He helped lead the Cowboys to sixth place in thefield of 16 teams with a team score of 589, 13-over par. San Diego Stateleads the tournament at 566, 10-under par. The Wyoming Cowboys are onlyfive strokes out of second place, currently being held by UC-Santa Barbaraand Fresno State at 584, eight-over par. John Lepak of SDSU leads theindividual competition with a four-under par total of 140.

"The guys did a nice job today, facing some tough competition," saidUW head golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "The playing conditions were a littletough, with bad weather moving into Provo on Friday, but our guys did a goodjob of playing through it.

"It was fun watching Kurt (Kowaluk) play today. He followed thegame plan very well. David (Hearn) also played a good opening round, andKevin (Kayden) stepped up and played some good golf today, which was alsofun to watch.

"We really had a balanced performance by the entire team. We've putourselves in a good position entering Saturday's final round, and I know theteam is looking forward to getting back out on the course tomorrow morning."

In addition to Kowaluk's 146, senior David Hearn fired a 36-holetotal of 147 and is tied for 22nd. Fellow senior Kevin Kayden is tied for31st at 148, and junior Mike Urbatchka is tied for 36th at 149.

The Cougar Classic is being played at the Riverside Country Club inProvo, Utah. The course measures 6,940 yards and plays to a par of 72. Thethird and final round will tee off on Saturday, April 21 beginning at 8a.m., Mountain time.

Below are Wyoming's individual scores along with the team standingsfollowing the first two rounds of the 2001 Brigham Young Cougar Classic.

Wyoming individual results

Kurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) RSo. 73-73=146 (+2) T16thDavid Hearn (Brantford, Ontario) Sr. 72-75=147(+3) T22ndKevin Kayden (Fremont, Ohio) Sr. 75-73=148 (+4) T31stMike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) Jr. 77-72=149 (+5) T36thMike Mezei (Lethbridge, Alberta) Fr. 78-74=152 (+8) T52ndJake Hunter (Page, Ariz.) Sr. 80-78=158 (+14) T85th

Team Standings

1. San Diego State 5662. UC-Santa Barbara 584 Fresno State 5844. BYU 585 Tulsa 5856. Wyoming 5897. UTEP 5918. Colorado State 592 Hawaii 59210. Boise State 59411. Air Force 595 Nevada 59513. Utah 59614. Weber State 59815. Utah State 61916. Southern Utah 641