Cowboy Golfers Conclude Successful Week With Sixth-Place Finish At BYU Cougar Classic

April 22, 2000


The Wyoming Cowboys concluded avery successful week on Saturday as they finished sixth out of 15 teams atthe Brigham Young University Cougar Classic. Wyoming was led by junior JakeHunter, who fired a final round of two-under par 70. The Cowboys tied withColorado State for the sixth spot with a team score of 872. Hunter finishedin a tie for 22nd with a 54-hole total of 218, two-over par for thetournament. UW sophomore Mike Urbatchka tied for 25th with a final score of219, three-over par -- one shot back of his teammate Hunter.

BYU won the tournament with a final team score of 821, 43-under par.Wyoming's 872 was eight-over par for the tournament. The individualchampion was BYU's Andy Miller, who shot a three-round total of 210,15-under par.

"The guys played hard, and put together a real positive tournamentfor us," said UW men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "Jake (Hunter) reallyhelped us on Saturday, shooting a two-under par round of 70. Mike Urbatchkaalso put up a good score with a 73, after shooting a 69 in the second roundon Friday. David (Hearn) also played solid with a par round of 72 in thefinal round.

"We beat the teams that we needed to, to stay in the hunt for anNCAA West Regional spot. Now it all comes down to playing well at theMountain West Conference Championship in Palm Springs the first week ofMay."

In addition to tying with Colorado State at 872, the Cowboysdefeated Mountain West members Air Force (879 total) and Utah (880). Otherteams that Wyoming is battling with for a qualifying spot in the NCAA WestRegional are Nevada of the Big West Conference and Hawai'i of the WesternAthletic Conference. The Pokes were able to defeat both Hawai'i (873) andNevada (882).

The Cougar Classic tournament field was among the best in theWestern United States this season. Five teams entered the tournament rankedin the Top 50 of the most recent Golfweek National Rankings. The rankedteams were: BYU (No. 5), Fresno State (No. 10), New Mexico (No. 13), SanDiego State (No. 38) and Colorado State (No. 46).

Earlier this week on Tuesday, April 18, the Cowboys captured theIdaho State Bengal Invitational for their third tournament victory of the1999-2000 season. Wyoming began the 1999-2000 season winning its own RockyMountain Intercollegiate in September. The Pokes also captured the St.John's University Red Storm Intercollegiate in October.

The BYU Cougar Classic was played on the Riverside Country Clubcourse in Provo, Utah. The course measured 6,958 yards and played to a parof 72. Unlike most collegiate tournaments which feature five individualsper team, the Cougar Classic featured teams of six individuals per school.

Below are the final team scores, as well as Wyoming's individualscores.

Wyoming's next tournament will be the 2000 Mountain West ConferenceChampionship in Palm Springs, Calif., on May 1-3.

Team Standings1. BYU 8212. New Mexico 8453. Fresno State 8594. San Diego State 8655. Tulsa 8686. Wyoming 872 Colorado State 8728. Hawai'i 8739. Air Force 87910. Utah 88011. Nevada 88212. Weber State 89313. Boise State 900 Southern Utah 90015. Utah State 922

Wyoming Players

Jake Hunter (Jr., Page, Ariz.) T22nd 72-76-70=218 (+2)Mike Urbatchka (So., Sheridan, Wyo.) T25th 77-69-73=219 (+3)David Hearn (Jr., Brantford, Ontario) T31st 73-75-72=220 (+4)Reid Lende (Sr., Livingston, Mont.) T64th 71-82-74=227 (+11)Kevin Kayden (Jr., Fremont, Ohio) T71st 70-80-79=229 (+13)Matt Hart (Fr., Littleton, Colo.) T82nd 81-77-76=234 (+18)