Cowboy Golfer Gabe Maier in Ninth Place at PING Cougar Classic

April 23, 2010

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 23, 2010) - After Friday's first two rounds of the PING Cougar Classic, which is hosted by BYU, University of Wyoming golfer Gabe Maier is in ninth place and the Cowboys are tied for eighth place. The event is being played at the Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah.

Maier, a junior from Cody, Wyo., is on pace for his fifth top-10 finish of the season. He shot a 71 (-1) during both rounds on Friday and has a two stroke score of 142 (-2). He is only one stroke back of the top-five in the 98-man field. Maier has now shot par or better in 15 of 29 rounds this season.

As a team, the Cowboys are currently in an eighth place tie in the 18-team field. The Pokes posted rounds of 294 (+6) and 292 (+4) on Friday. With a two-round total of 586 (+10), the Pokes are within six strokes of the top-five.

"We were solid today and are in the top half of a very good field," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "The bottom line is, we have to go play well during tomorrow's final round. We are in position to have a nice finish but we must have five guys come out and perform tomorrow.

"As for Gabe, he played well and is in a good position after two under-par rounds. However, he is a little disappointed to not be in the top-five since he has been playing so well this year. I think he has a little fire in him and really wants to come out and play well tomorrow."

In the team standings, Colorado State took control of the tournament and is in first place with a two-round total of 569 (-7). BYU is in second place (572, -4) and Idaho is in third place (576, E).

Individually, Augusta State's Patrick Reed leads the event after firing rounds of 67 and 68 for a two-round total of 135 (-9). Nevada's Jared Becher, BYU's Robbie Fillmore and Colorado State's Bryce Hanstad are tied for second place with a total of 137 (-7).

The Riverside Country Club plays to a par of 72 and measures 6,902 yards in length.

Saturday's final round will begin with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time).

Wyoming Team Results   Hometown   Class   Scores
Gabe Maier   Cody, Wyo.   Jr.   71+71=142 (-2, 9th)
Zach Zaremba   Pueblo, Colo.   Jr.   73+72=145 (+1, T 23rd)
Clinton Boutelle   Cody, Wyo.   R-Fr.   76+75=151 (+7, T 57th)
Casey Ruff   Buffalo, Wyo.   Jr.   74+78=152 (+8, T 66th)
Phil Henzlik   Rapid City, S.D.   Jr.   79+74=153 (+9, T 70th)
Max Curnow (Individual)   Liberty, Mo.   Jr.   77+76=153 (+9, T 70th)