April 24, 2004
PROVO, Utah -
The Wyoming Cowboys shot their best round of the 2003-04 season on Saturday at the BYU Cougar Classic and moved up three spots to tie for ninth place out of 15 teams. UW shot a five-under par round of 283 to tie with the University of Denver for ninth place. Wyoming's previous best round of the season came at the Fresno State Golf Classic in October, where the Pokes shot a four-under par 284 in the second round of the FSU Classic.
The only team in the 15-team field to shoot a lower round than the Cowboys on Saturday was Colorado State. The Rams fired a 272 and captured the Cougar Classic team title by 12 strokes over second-place UTEP.
Leading the way for the Cowboys was sophomore Eric Baily. Baily posted an outstanding three-under par 69 in the final round to move up 13 spots from 23rd to a tie for 10th place. It was Baily's highest individual finish of his career. His previous career best was an 11th-place showing at the Nebraska Fairway Club Invitational in September.
Matthew Kodama of Hawaii captured the individual title of the BYU Cougar Classic, winning a three-way, sudden-death playoff with Martin Laird of Colorado State and Ron Harvey Jr. of BYU. All three posted 10-under par totals of 206 through 54 holes.
"The guys played a real nice round today, shooting a five-under for the day," said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "I'm really happy for the kids. Each player on our team put it together today, and everyone shot their low round of the tournament today. It is exciting to see our kids show that they can compete with the teams in our conference and in our region.
"Having a round like this is great for our confidence as we head into the conference championships next week."
The BYU Cougar Classic was played at the Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah. Riverside played to a par of 72 and measured 7,001 yards.
Next up for the Cowboys will be the 2004 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship on Thursday-Saturday, April 29 - May 1 at Sunriver Resort in Bend, Ore.