April 27, 2012
PROVO, Utah - The Wyoming Cowboy golf team played the first two rounds of the Ping Cougar Classic on Friday, in Provo, Utah and sits in eight place of the nine-team field with a two-round score of 599 (+23). The Pokes improved between the two rounds shooting a 306 (+18) in the morning round and came back to fire a five-over 293 in the afternoon round. The five-over 293 tied for the Cowboys second-best round of the spring season. Leading the way was sophomore Eric Parish who shot two rounds of 74 (+2) to finish in a tie for 20th place of the 51-man field with a 36-hole score of 148 (+4).
"I am disappointed because we got off to such a slow start this morning, but I am pleased that we were able to recover and have a nice round this afternoon," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "We just were not sharp this morning, but we woke up this afternoon and played like we are capable of playing. We showed this afternoon that we can be competitive in any field."
In the first round, the Cowboys shot an 18-over 306 and sat in ninth place. The Cowboys lowest finisher in the first round was Parish with his two-over 74. Senior Mike May finished the first round with a four-over 76. Junior Clinton Boutelle and redshirt freshman Eddie Stewart carded first rounds of 78 (+6). Redshirt freshman Jake Hedge shot a first round 79 (+7). Playing as an individual, senior Casey Ruff shot a five-over 77 in the first round.
The Cowboys improved in the second round firing a 293 (+5) to move up one place on the leaderboard and finish in eighth place. Parish continued his steady play shooting another 74 (+2). After struggling in the first round, Hedge came back in the second round and shot a one-under 71, for his third under-par round of the season, to finish in a tie for 28th place with a score of 150 (+6). Stewart shot a second round one-over 73 to finish one stroke behind Hedge in a tie for 33rd place with a seven-over 151. Boutelle improved three strokes in the second round shooting a 75 (+3) to finish with a score of 153 (+9) which tied him for 42nd place. May rounded out the five scoring Cowboys shooting a second round 80 (+8) to finish with a day-one tally 156 (+12) which put him in 46th place. Ruff finished the day with a second round 75 (+3) tying him for 39th place with a total score of 152 (+8).
"I proud of Jake, he really came back and played well this afternoon," Jensen said.
The Ping Cougar Classic is being played at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah. The course plays a par 72 and measures 7,142 yards.
The Cowboys will conclude play at the Cougar Classic on Saturday with one 18-hole round beginning with tee times at 8 a.m. MT.
"We are going to go out tomorrow and play like I know we are capable of playing," Jensen said. "I want us to finish this tournament on a positive note before heading to conference next weekend."