May 1, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. -
On the heels of their best team round of the season, the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team jumped from ninth place to seventh during the second round of competition at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship in Tucson, Ariz. The Cowboys shot an even-par 284 on Friday and moved ahead of both Utah and Air Force in the team standings.
With their best round of the season, the Cowboys are now 11-over par in the tournament with a score of 579.
Sophomore Phil Henzlik had a career day in leading the Cowboys during Friday's second round. Henzlik shot a career best 68 (-3) and is now tied for ninth place with a two-round score of 141 (-1). In addition to bettering his career best round by a stroke, Henzlik also shot under 70 for the first time in his collegiate career.
Behind Henzlik, sophomore Mike May turned in a gutsy performance in shooting a 71 (E). What made May's performance so special is that he spent the majority of Thursday night with doctors, on an IV, battling illness. He played ill on Friday and had to return to the doctor immediately after Friday's second round. With his even-par round, May is now tied for 21st with a two-round score of 144 (+2).
Sophomore Zach Zaremba, who led the Cowboys after Thursday's opening round, shot a second 72 (+1) on Friday and is tied with May at 144 (+2).
"We played much better as a team and I am very proud of everyone," Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen said. "It was great to finally put four good scores together and get it going as a team. We have a big day ahead of us tomorrow, so it is important to close out the tournament with the same type of round as we played today."
TCU, GolfStat's 16th ranked team in the nation, continues to lead the championship with a two-round score of 556 (-12). Behind TCU is #34 UNLV (560, -8), then a three-way tie between #22 San Diego State, #38 New Mexico and #32 Colorado State at 563 (-5). BYU (568, E), Wyoming (579, +11), Utah (583, +15) and Air Force (591, +23) round out the field.
In the race for the individual conference championship, New Mexico's Steve Saunders leads the way with a two-round total of 133 (-9). He is followed by TCU's Johan de Beer and UNLV's Ji Moon, who are each tied for second with a total of 135 (-7).
The conference championship is being played at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club, which plays to a par of 71 and measures 7,163 yards.
The 2009 MWC Championship will conclude on Saturday with a final round of 18 holes. For the third consecutive day, the Cowboys will be paired with Air Force and Utah. The trio will begin teeing-off at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time).