April 27, 2006
SUNRIVER, Ore. -
After a consistently average first round Thursday at the Mountain West Conference Championship, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers find themselves in seventh place of nine teams. With a team round of 302 (+14) the Cowboys did not bury themselves so deep that they can't recover, but they also did little to help put UW in position to win the tournament.
"As we've said all year, we came here to win and we know that we can compete in this field," said Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen. "We didn't get it done today, but we're going to come out swinging tomorrow. There is a high caliber of golf being played here and this is a tough, tough course, but our confidence and game plan haven't changed. This team is notoriously slow starting and this tournament is not over for us. We're only one-third finished and to a man we know that today wasn't good enough. We're not giving up, because we know that we are making mistakes that we can fix."
BYU and defending champion New Mexico are tied for the team lead at 284 (-4), with league newcomer TCU a close third at 286 (-2). UNLV is fourth with an 18-hole total of 292 (+4), followed by San Diego State (294), Colorado State (301), the Cowboys, Utah (313) and Air Force (320).
There were no spectacular opening rounds from the Cowboys, however every member of Wyoming's team was within three strokes of each other after the first 18 holes. Senior Eric Baily and junior Jeff Franks recorded scores of 75 (+3), while seniors Matthew Brunk and Dan Silva both carded 76 (+4). Senior Jonathan Shuss came in at 78 (+6).
BYU's Clay Ogden has a one-stroke lead on the field of 45 participants, following a round of 69 (-3). Four golfers recorded scores of 70 (-2) and another five were at 71 (-1).
UW's Baily and Franks are tied for 22nd.
The event will continue on Friday and Saturday at the Sunriver Resort's Crosswater Course in Sunriver, Ore., home of the 2006 NCAA Championship. One round of 18 holes will be played each day, with tee times at 10 a.m. (MT).
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. Golfstat.com also has a live stat link.