April 24, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Both the talent and inexperience of the Wyoming Cowboy golf team was apparent on Thursday during the first round of the 2008 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship in Tucson, Ariz. As a team the Cowboys recorded 12 birdies in Round One, but they also had six holes of double-bogey or worse on their way to a team score of 299 (+15).
The `Pokes are in eighth place of nine teams, three strokes behind the New Mexico Lobos and six shots ahead of the Air Force Falcons.
No. 16 ranked UNLV Rebels shot a round of three-under par 281 and hold the early lead at the league championship by two strokes over the TCU Horned Frogs, who were also under par at 283 (-1). Next are the BYU Cougars in third place at 286 (+2), then the Utah Utes and the Colorado State Rams are tied for fourth with 288 (+4). The 25th ranked San Diego State Aztecs had a disappointing first round and are in sixth place at 289 (+5), while UNM is seventh (296), UW is eighth (299) and AFA is ninth (305).
Round two will be played Friday morning and then the championship will conclude with 18 holes on Saturday, tee times beginning at 8 a.m. (MT) each day.
As in the first round, the Cowboys will be grouped with the Falcons and the Lobos during the second 18 holes and the three schools will have the first tee times of the morning. The Rams will be matched up with the Aztecs and the Utes, while the Cougars, the Horned Frogs and the Rebels will form the final group.
"This fits right into our team's growth process and these guys are learning how to deal with the pressure of big college tournaments," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "We played a good practice round on Wednesday, then made a lot of birdies today, but also had a lot of big numbers and that has a lot to do with our youth. There is no letting up though and our goal will be to shoot even-par tomorrow."
Wyoming true freshman Zach Zaremba put together a good opening round and shot 72 (+1). He is in the top-third of the field and tied for 15th place. Zaremba's scorecard showed three birdies, 11 pars and four bogeys.
Fellow first-year UW players Phil Henzlik and Gabe Maier also showed well on Thursday, scoring 74 (+3) and 75 (+4) respectively. Maier led the Cowboys with four birdies on the day. In addition, Wyoming counted a round of 78 (+7) from freshman Mike May towards their team total.
The No. 11 ranked player in the nation, senior Aaron Goldberg from SDSU, is leading the field of 45 players with a mark of 67 (-4). Two Rebels are tied for second place at 69 (-2), Seung-su Han and Brett Kanda. Three players are tied for fourth place at one-under par.
The 54-hole, three-day championship is being played at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort - Catalina Course, which measures 7,136 yards and plays to a par of 71.
The MWC is providing live stats for the Championship. The live stats link can be found on the MWC Golf Championship webpage at www.TheMWC.com. Simply click the golf championship link to track all the action. A live stats link can also be found directly on Golfstat.com.