April 27, 2007
TUCSON, Ariz. -
The Wyoming Cowboy golfers received a solid effort from redshirt senior Niel King on Friday at the 2007 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship in Tucson, Ariz., but as a team did not close the second round well and remained near the bottom of the field.
The Cowboys are in eighth place of nine MWC schools after shooting a round of 306 (+22) at the Tucson National Catalina Course, which measures 7,136 yards and plays to a par of 71. UW's 36-hole total is 605 (+37).
The third and final round of 18 holes will take place Saturday, with tee times beginning at 9:30 a.m. (MT). As was the case Friday, Wyoming will remain paired with Air Force and Utah during Saturday's final round.
For the second straight day the Cowboys' scores reflected their struggles to close out the round on the last three holes. On Friday, UW was a gaudy plus-15 over the last three holes and of that total, plus-11 from the four players who counted towards the final team score (+22). Wyoming was plus-eight on Thursday on holes 16, 17 and 18 from their top four players. All told, that sixth of the course has accounted for 19 of UW's 37 strokes over par.
BYU shot 288 (+4) for a total of 560 (-8) to maintain the team lead after the second round. The Cougars extended their lead over second-place UNLV to eight strokes as the Rebels shot 293 (+9) for a 36-hole total of even-par 568. TCU climbed into third position with the best team score of the day at 285 (+1). The Horned Frogs have a two-day total of 569 (+1), followed by San Diego State in fourth place with 571 (+3).
Colorado State and four-time defending MWC tournament champion New Mexico are tied for fifth place in the team standings at 576. Utah is in seventh place at 598 while Wyoming is eighth at 605 and Air Force is ninth at 612.
"We're going to try and catch Utah tomorrow and finish this event on a positive note," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "The last three holes each day have just killed us and we need to realize that and finish our final round strong."
Individually there is a three-way tie atop the leader board. Day one leader Sueng-su Han of UNLV carded a 71 (E) in his second round for a total of 136 (-6). Han is tied atop the standings with TCU's Robby Ormand and San Diego State's Adam Porzak. Ormund shot 68 (-3) Friday, while Porzak shot a 69 (-2).
Wyoming's King had a stand-out day with his round of 69 (-2), and is tied for 12th place out of 45 MWC golfers. King's day got an early boost when he holed out his approach shot from the fairway on the par-four third hole for an eagle. In addition to his eagle, King's round consisted of three birdies, three bogeys and 11 pars.
"I'm so proud of Niel," added Jensen. "He is playing very solid, confident golf, is seeing the course well and has found a nice rhythm. His goal tomorrow is to maintain and stick with the same game plan. Niel King is a great representative of our program.
"The overall body of work from our players who are competing in this league championship for the first time has been solid. Some big numbers have hurt us and I think that a heightened anxiety and pressure have had much to do with those scores."
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