Mezei Leads Cowboys at the 2002 MWC Mens' Golf Championship

April 30, 2002


The second day of competition at the 2002 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship saw the battle for the team championship tighten, with UNLV holding on to a one-stroke lead over second-place teams New Mexico and Air Force. Unfortunately for the Wyoming Cowboys, they dropped from sixth place to eighth on Tuesday. But the Cowboys head into Wednesday's final round within three strokes of three teams.

Wyoming will enter the final 18-hole round with a 593 team score. Colorado State is one stroke ahead of the Pokes at 592, and Utah and San Diego State are tied for fifth -- a mere three strokes ahead of the Cowboys at 590.

UNLV sits in first place with a 577 team score, but the Rebels lost some of their cushion to second-place New Mexico and Air Force on Tuesday. Both the Lobos and Falcons shot rounds of 287 on Tuesday to tie for the low round of the day. UNM and Air Force entered the day four shots back of UNLV, but both passed Brigham Young into second place and pulled within two strokes of the leading Rebels. BYU is in fourth place at 580 -- three shots out of first.

Mark Warman of San Diego State maintained his two-stroke lead in the individual competition. Warman is four-under par for the tournament with a score of 140. Martin Laird of Colorado State is in second with a two-under par total of 142. Wyoming sophomore Mike Mezei is tied for 16th at three-over par 147.

"We didn't post the score we wanted on Tuesday," said University of Wyoming men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "We felt we could come out in the second round and make a move up the standings, but we weren't able to do that. The good news is that the field is still tightly bunched together. We're within three strokes of three other teams, and so we still have an opportunity to have a good finish with a strong round on Wednesday.

"Mike Mezei is in good position, sitting in 16th after two rounds. He has an excellent opportunity to post a Top 10 finish if he can shoot a low score on Wednesday. We have several other individuals who could also make moves in the standings with solid rounds on Wednesday. Both Matthew Brunk and Mike Urbatchka improved by three strokes from their first to second rounds.

"The individual competition is extremely close. Mike (Mezei) is only five strokes out of second place and seven strokes behind the leader, and our lone senior Mike Urbatchka is just six strokes from the Top 10. We have a lot left to play for on Wednesday."

All eight MWC member schools sponsor men's golf. The format for the tournament is 54 holes. Wednesday's final round will tee off at 9 a.m. Pacific time (10 a.m. Mountain time).

This is the third year of the Mountain West Conference. UNLV won the inaugural men's golf title in the 1999-2000 season, and BYU won the team title in the 2000-01 season.

The 2002 MWC Men's Golf Championship is being played on the Crosswater Course at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The Crosswater Course measures 7,188 yards and plays to a par of 72.

Wyoming Individual Results           Class  Scores          Place

Mike Mezei (Lethbridge, Alberta) So. 72-75=147 (+3) T16thJonathan Shuss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Fr. 73-75=148 (+4) T21stMatthew Brunk (Fort Collins, Colo.) Fr. 76-73=149 (+5) T23rdMike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) Sr. 77-74=151 (+7) T32ndKurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) Jr. 75-78=153 (+9) T35th

Team Standings

1. UNLV 288-289=577 (+1)2. New Mexico 292-287=579 (+3) Air Force 292-287=579 (+3)4. BYU 291-289=580 (+4)5. Utah 298-292=590 (+14) San Diego State 293-297=590 (+14)7. Colorado State 301-291=592 (+16)8. Wyoming 296-297=593 (+17)