April 29, 2006
SUNRIVER, Ore. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers ended their 2005-06 season in disappointing fashion on Saturday at the 2006 Mountain West Conference Championship. On a day when terrible weather and a difficult course setup did not produce any scores under par, UW could not make up any ground and shot their highest round of the tournament, 309 (+21). Wyoming's 54-hole total of 914 (+50) placed them in eighth in the nine team field.
The New Mexico Lobos won their fourth straight MWC team title with a closing round of 298 (+10). New Mexico's total of 865 (+1) was five strokes better than runner-up San Diego State (870). UNLV (874) and BYU (878) each moved up a spot to claim third and fourth respectively, while TCU (882) slipped from third to fifth. Colorado State (883) was sixth, Utah (908) held onto seventh, followed by the Cowboys and Air Force (931).
The tight race for the top of the individual leaderboard was won by the Lobos' Jay Choi, who finished with a round of 73 (+1). Choi's event total of 215 (-1) was one stroke better than TCU's Tom Miles and San Diego State's Andrew Scott at even par 216.
"This was not the way we had envisioned ending this promising season," said Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen. "We just played a bad tournament and there's no getting around that.
"I don't want this one tournament to be the microcosm of how this season went and where this program is at. This team played a lot of good rounds and had a lot of good tournaments. The guys on this team helped get our program to the high level where it is right now."
Wyoming's best round of the day was a solid score of 74 (+2) by redshirt senior Matthew Brunk. UW's best event finish came from junior Jeff Franks who tied for 27th place of 45 golfers with a total of 225 (+9).
The Cowboys missed the presence of freshman Corey Steger at the Championship. Steger, who had consistently been one of UW's top players during the spring semester, missed the event because he had played two events while academically ineligible several weeks ago.
The MWC Championship was held at the Sunriver Resort's Crosswater Course in Sunriver, Ore., home of the 2006 NCAA Championship.