April 25, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team improved their scores in the second round at the 2008 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship in Tucson, Ariz. on Friday, but the only problem is that so did the rest of the field.
The Cowboys turned in a team scorecard of 295 (+11) on Day Two of the league championship, giving them a 36-hole total of 594 (+26). Wyoming remains in eighth place of nine MWC squads heading into the final round. UW shot 299 (+15) on Thursday.
Six of nine schools were better in their second 18 holes than they were in the first and ten players had rounds under par on Friday, as opposed to six on Day One.
"There was both good and bad in our round today," said UW head coach Joe Jensen. "The guys who played poorly yesterday played well today and the guys who played well yesterday played poorly today. So heading into our final round of the year tomorrow they all have played good on this course at one time or another, they just need to push through the inconsistency. The key to being successful in college golf is to play three solid rounds and we are close but not quite there yet."
Wyoming freshman Gabe Maier shot even-par 71 on Friday and his total of 146 (+4) places him in a tie for 22nd. He is the lone UW player in the top half of the field of 45 golfers. Maier avoided the big numbers that hurt him on the first day and moved up nine spots in the standings with his solid second round. His scorecard on Friday contained three birdies, 12 pars and three bogeys.
UW redshirt freshman Aaron Johnson made an about face with his round of 72 (+1), a ten-shot improvement from his first 18 holes. First-year Cowboy Mike May also had a major move in the right direction with a score of 73 (+2), five strokes better than his previous.
The fourth score Wyoming added to their total belonged to frosh Zach Zaremba, who scored 79 (+8), after opening the tournament with a round of one-over par yesterday.
As for the team race, defending champion BYU used a round of six-under par 278 to move into a first place tie with TCU. Both teams have a two-day total of 564 (-4). The Horned Frogs shot three-under par 281 on Friday. First round leader UNLV slipped to third place after their score of 286 (+2) gave them a 36-hole total of 567 (-1).
Colorado State kept their fourth place position at 572 (+4), while Utah is fifth (578) and New Mexico is in sixth (580). San Diego State remains within striking distance of Wyoming, as they are in seventh place with a mark of 585 (+17) and UW is nine shots back at 594. Air Force is in ninth place at 596 (+28).
The championship will end with 18 holes on Saturday, tee times beginning at 8 a.m. (MT).
Wyoming will be paired with Air Force and SDSU in the final round and they will be the first group to tee off. CSU, New Mexico and Utah will compose the second group, while BYU, TCU and UNLV will make up the final group.
"For us to be paired with San Diego State, the No. 25 team in the country, tomorrow is a great opportunity for these young guys," added Jensen. "We beat them in today's round, so we know we can compete at a high level. Our goal for tomorrow is for everyone to contribute and to shoot even-par."
UNLV Rebel Eddie Olson moved into the individual lead with a round of 69 (-2) on Friday and an event-total of 139 (-3). Three players are tied for second place at two-under par 140. That group includes Brett Kanda of UNLV, defending medalist Robby Ormand from TCU and BYU's Adam Tebbs. Day One leader, SDSU senior Aaron Goldberg, slipped into a tie for seventh place (even-par 142) after shooting 75 (+4) in the second round. Goldberg will play with Wyoming's Maier on Saturday.
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 www.Golfstat.com.