May 1, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming senior Jake Hunter shot anopening round 76 on Monday at the 2001 Mountain West Conference Men's GolfChampionship, and is tied for seventh place. Hunter's four-over par roundplaces him just four shots out of the lead entering Tuesday's second ofthree rounds.
The Wyoming Cowboys sit in seventh place, with a team score of 317,and are well within striking distance of the rest of the field. Only fourshots separate UW from fourth-place Utah. Utah shot an opening round 313.New Mexico is in fifth at 314. UNLV is in sixth at 316, and then come theCowboys at 317. Colorado State leads the team competition with a firstround score of 301. BYU is second at 305, and San Diego State sits in thirdat 307. James Kurtenbach of Colorado State shot an even par round of 72 totake the first round individual lead.
"We received nice production from Jake (Hunter) and Kurt (Kowaluk)today with rounds of 76 and 78 respectively," said UW head golf coach RogerPrenzlow. "David (Hearn), Mike (Urbatchka) and Kevin (Kayden) struggled alittle bit, and so when that happens to three players on the same day, itmakes it difficult to make a move in the team competition.
"With the difficulty of the course we're playing and the weatherconditions on Monday, Jake's and Kurt's scores were very impressive.
"We have two more rounds to go, and are right there with themajority of the field. I told the guys after the first round that if we canmake some putts tomorrow, we can jump right back into the thick of thistournament."
Hunter has played in every regular season tournament for the Cowboysduring his four-year career in Laramie. This week's tournament marks his45th consecutive as a member of the Wyoming squad. He finished 22nd at the2000 MWC Championship.
Hearn, who finished in a tie for eighth at last year's MWCChampionship, has battled his way back from a wrist injury suffered thispast winter. He finished 14th in his last outing at the BYU Cougar Classic.Hearn is looking to qualify for his third consecutive NCAA West Regional.
This season's MWC Men's Golf Championship is being played at theSunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The championship is being contested onthe Crosswater Course at the Sunriver Resort. Crosswater measures 7,193yards and plays to a par of 72.
Tuesday at 11 a.m., Mountain time, the second round will tee off.The third and final round will be played on Wednesday, May 2. The finalround is also scheduled to tee off at 11 a.m.
Below are Wyoming's individual scores along with the first roundteam standings from the 2001 Mountain West Conference Men's GolfChampionship.
Wyoming individual resultsJake Hunter (Page, Ariz.) Sr. 76 (+4)T7thKurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) RSo. 78 (+6)T14thMike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) Jr. 81 (+9)T29thDavid Hearn (Brantford, Ontario)Sr. 82 (+10)T31stKevin Kayden (Fremont, Ohio) Sr. 82 (+10)T31st
Team Standings1.Colorado State 301 (+13)2.Brigham Young 305 (+17)3.San Diego State 307 (+19)4.Utah 313 (+25)5.New Mexico 314 (+26)6.UNLV 316 (+28)7.Wyoming 317 (+29)8.Air Force 332 (+44)