April 28, 2005
SUNRIVER, Ore. -
The University of Wyoming men's golf team played the initial round of the 2005 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championships on Thursday with a wide variety of scores. With players both high and low on the leader board, UW posted a team score of 300 (+12) and is tied with Utah for sixth place of the eight conference schools.
The Cowboys led the field through much of the first round, but slipped in the final holes to finish 15 strokes back of the first day leader New Mexico.
"Despite how we finished today's round, we are still within striking distance of the team leaders," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "The kids are disappointed in how they finished the final few holes, but we know we are so close.
"I'm proud of the way our guys approached an extremely tough golf course, and tomorrow we need to work on closing out our round, our execution, and some mental aspects of the game."
The two-time defending champion New Mexico Lobos shot a three-under 285, and lead BYU and San Diego State, who are tied for second place, by seven strokes.
The Lobos' Spencer Levin tops the individual leader board after 18 holes with a score of three-under 69. Levin is followed by teammate Jay Choi, 70 (-2), and then four golfers at 71 (-1). Defending individual medalist Ryan Moore of UNLV is tied for 16th at 74 (+2).
Wyoming was led by sophomore Jeff Franks who shot an even-par round of 72, and is tied for seventh place in the field of 40 golfers. One stroke back of Franks is freshman Dave Stewart with a one-over 73. Next for UW is redshirt junior Dan Silva, who shot 76 (+4). Juniors Niel King, 79 (+7), and Eric Baily, 82 (+10), struggled during their Day One rounds.
Each team played five golfers and counted the top four scores.
Tee times will begin at 10:30 a.m. (MT) on Friday, and the Cowboys will be paired with the Utes for the second straight day.
The 54-hole, three-day 2005 MWC Men's Golf Championship is being played at Sunriver Resort, Crosswater course. The course measures 7,568 yards and plays to a par of 72.
The MWC is providing live stats for the Championship. You can find the live stats link on the MWC Golf Championship webpage at www.TheMWC.com. Simply click the golf championship link to track all the action. You can also go directly to Golfstat.com to find the live stat link.
UW Individual Results Scores/Place