April 26, 2013
PROVO, Utah -
The University of Wyoming men's golf team carded its best round of the spring season in the opening round of the PING Cougar Classic firing a two-over 290 on Friday in Provo, Utah. The Pokes came back in the second round and fired their third-best round of the spring at 296 (+8) to finish the day with a score of 586 (+10) tying them for sixth place of the nine-team field. Junior Eric Parish tied his best round of the season in round one with a three-under 69 and followed that with a one-over 73 in the second round to finish the day in eighth place of the 52-man field with a two-under score of 142.
"Eric had a very good round this morning and finished with a pretty good round this afternoon," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "Even though this is a small field it is a very solid field. There are some teams that are still fighting for spots at the NCAA Regionals and they are playing like it. As a team I thought we played pretty decent. There was a little rust there and we are not quite as sharp as I would like us to be but we are not playing awful. There are a lot of good things out there we just made some mistakes and made some big numbers on some par fives."
Junior Brent Baylon was UW's next highest finisher tying for 23rd place after carding a first round 75 (+3), before improving three strokes in the second round shooting an even-par 72 to finish with a 36-hole score of 147 (+3). Baylon's 72 (E) was his fifth round of par or better this season. Senior Clinton Boutelle finished the day tied for 31st place with a score of 148 (+4) after shooting rounds of 73 (+1) and 75 (+3). Junior Eddie Stewart and sophomore Jake Hedge, who played as one of UW's individuals, both finished tied for 38th place with a two-round score of 149 (+5). Stewart carded rounds of 73 (+1) and 76 (+4), while Hedge put up rounds of 71 (-1) and 78 (+6). Hedge put up his third round of par or better this season including his third round of one-under 71. Playing in UW's other individual place, redshirt sophomore P.J. Thomas finished the day tied for 45th place with a score of 152 (+8). Thomas carded rounds of 77 (+5) and 75 (+3). Freshman Kamrin Allen shot rounds of 77 (+5) and 76 (+4) to finish the day tied for 48th place with a score of 153 (+9).
The PING Cougar Classic is being played at Riverside Country Club. The course plays a par 72 and 7,142 yards.
The event will conclude on Saturday with one 18-hole round beginning with tee times at 8:30 a.m. MT.
"I would really like us to come out and have another solid round tomorrow," Jensen said. "If we have a good round tomorrow we can make up some ground and maybe finish in the middle of the pack of this event."