April 28, 2012
PROVO, Utah -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team shot their second-best round of the season of 288 (E) on Saturday, in the final round the Ping Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah. The Pokes finished in eighth place of the nine-team field with a final score of 887 (+23). Leading Wyoming in the final round, was redshirt freshman Eddie Stewart who shot a 70 (-2) to finish in a tie for 21st place of the 51-man field with a 54-hole total of 221 (+5). Sophomore Eric Parish also finished in a tie for 21st place after firing a final round 73 (+1). Stewart and Parish's top-25 finishes mark the first time this spring season that two Cowboys have finished in the top 25 of an event. The top-25 finish is Stewart's fifth of the season and Parish's second.
"We played a solid round today," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "We played yesterday afternoon and today like I know we are capable of. This is a small field but has a lot of top-100 teams and it shows we can be competitive in any field. We are getting better and playing more rounds around par."
The Cowboys tied their second-best round of the season in Friday's second round and came back to break that mark putting up their second-best mark of 288 (E) in today's final round. Firing the best final round was Stewart who shot his second under-par round of the season (70, -2). Parish continued his steady play firing his final round 73 (+1) to finish all three rounds within two strokes of par. Junior Clinton Boutelle shot an even-par 72 in the final round to finish in a tie for 35th place with a final tally of 225 (+9). Playing from the individual spot, senior Casey Ruff shot a final round 73 (+1) and finished as the second-highest individual in a tie for 35th place with a score of 225 (+9). Fellow senior Mike May improved his play between round two and three, firing a final round 73 (+1) to finish with a total score of 229 (+13) which gave him 46th place. Redshirt Freshman Jake Hedge could not duplicate his second round in the final round shooting a five-over 77 to finish in a tie for 42nd place with a score of 227 (+11).
The Ping Cougar Classic was played at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah. The course plays a par 72 and measures 7,142 yards.
The Cougar Classic was the Cowboys final tune-up before the Mountain West Conference Championships in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 4-6.
"We need to play three good rounds next weekend at the conference championship to be competitive," Jensen said. "We have built a little momentum from the last two tournaments. If we play like we are capable of playing next weekend I know we can be competitive in a solid conference championship."