TUCSON, Ariz. -
Led by two players in red numbers for the final round, the University of Wyoming men's golf team posted a 281 (-7) on Sunday to earn a sixth-place finish at the 2016 Mountain West Championship. Wyoming completed the tournament with a total 861 (-3), as sophomore Drew McCullough recorded four birdies and one eagle during the final round to earn a share of sixth place after his third-round score of 69 (-3) brought his total to 211 (-5).
"We played very hard today," UW head coach Joe Jensen said. "I'm proud of the guys for the way they competed this last round. It's very much mixed emotions for us as we were two shots from third place. A third place finish over a top-25 team would have looked great with regionals next up. Drew (McCullough) has built himself a solid resume and he played great this weekend. He has earned his right to be in the conversation for competing at the regional. "
The Pokes final-round effort was the second-best of the day and is the lowest round for Wyoming at the MW Championship. McCullough becomes the seventh Cowboy to finish in the top-ten in the 17 years UW has competed in the MW Championship, and first to do so since Gabe Maier in 2011. The top-ten finish was also the fourth this spring for the Richland, Wash., native.
Junior Ryan Wallen came away with his best-career finish at the Championship after his final-round score of 72 (E) on Sunday. Wallen tied for 15th with a 214 (-2), as senior Kamrin Allen not only posted his best round of the tournament but the best round for UW during the final round of play. Allen fired a 68 (-4) to place tied for 22th. He jumped 18 spots and recorded seven birdies during his final round as a Cowboy and completed the championship with a 217 (+1) mark.
"We have loved having Kamrin (Allen) in the program," Jensen added. "He has always been right in the mix of things and I couldn't be happier for him as he had a very nice round today."
Redshirt sophomore Arron Lickteig tied for 30th and posted an even-par 72 to close out the tournament with a final score of 219 (+3), while rounding out the Wyoming lineup was Quintin Pope with a 234 (+18). Pope shot a third-round 81 (+9) to end his sophomore campaign.
No. 29 UNLV jumped a spot to take the team championship after a final round 279 (-9). Trevor Clayton of Fresno State claimed the individual title with a three-round mark of 207 (-9).
Wyoming Individual Results
T6. Drew McCullough: 67 (-5)-75 (+3)-69 (-3)=211 (-5)
T15. Ryan Wallen: 74 (+2)-68 (-4)-72 (E)=214 (-2)
T22. Kamrin Allen: 76 (+4)-73 (+1)-68 (-4)=217 (+1)
T30. Arron Lickteig: 73 (+1)-74 (+2)72 (E)=219 (+3)
T54. Quintin Pope: 76 (+4)-77 (+5)-81 (+9)=234 (+18)