Cowboy Golf Rebounds for Strong Finish at MWC Championships

April 30, 2005


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The University of Wyoming men's golf team came back from a disappointing second day, made up a 15-stroke deficit, and passed Utah to finish sixth at the 2005 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championships on Saturday.

On the day with the most difficult weather conditions of the tournament, swirling winds and spitting rain, the Cowboys fired a team score of one-under 287, 24 shots better than their score in the previous round.

"I'm proud of the way the kids came back and fought today," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "After a tough round it would have been very easy for us to just pack it in, but we were the only team that practiced last night and we used that time to get our focus back. We had never fully recovered from our difficult finish to the first round, and then tried to get it all back at once in our second round. We came out today and played determined, and were mentally on.

"These are good kids and I'm glad that they had a positive round to end our season and start the summer with. Maybe this will help us next year, since we don't lose anyone. There were a lot of good things from this year to build from."

The fifth-ranked New Mexico Lobos won their third straight MWC team title with a round of 286 (-2), and a tournament total of 856 (-8). National number one UNLV shot an overall tournament best round of ten-under 278, and finished just three strokes back of the Lobos. BYU, 861 (-3), slipped into third place, with San Diego State (875) fourth, CSU (886) fifth, Wyoming (898), then Utah (904) and Air Force (907).

Wyoming received the overall low round of the tournament from redshirt junior Dan Silva, who shot a four-under 68 in the final 18 holes. Silva's low third round moved him up 10 places and earned him a tie for 18th individually. He finished with a three-round total of 221 (+5). UW's most consistent golfer of the tournament was sophomore Jeff Franks, who added a score of 73 (+1) in the third round, and finished tied for 22nd with 222 (+6). Junior Eric Baily, who improved seven strokes from his first to second rounds, continued to better his final score by knocking off another five shots and shooting an impressive 70 (-2).

Freshman Dave Stewart, who was disqualified from the second round, came back and contributed towards the Cowboys' team score with a round of 76 (+4) on Saturday.

BYU's Nick Becker, 208 (-8) earned individual medalist honors with a tournament-low final round of 68 (-4), which gave him a one-stroke victory over first and second round leader Spencer Levin of New Mexico. BYU's Ron Harvey Jr. and defending individual champion Ryan Moore of UNLV tied for third.

Each team played five golfers and counted the top four scores.

The 54-hole, three-day 2005 MWC Men's Golf Championship was played at Sunriver Resort, Crosswater course. The course measures 7,568 yards and plays to a par of 72.

UW Individual Results  Scores/Place

Dan Silva 76+77+68=221 (+5, T 18th)Jeff Franks 72+77+73=222 (+6, T 22nd)Eric Baily 82+75+70=227 (+11, T 28th)Niel King 79+82+80=241 (+25, 38th)Dave Stewart 73+D+76 (Disqualified)