May 2, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming senior David Hearn fired aone-under par round of 71 in the final round of the 2001 Mountain WestConference Men's Golf Championship on Wednesday, and moved up from 16thplace into 10th position. Hearn's 71 tied him for the second lowest roundof the tournament. In addition to his 10th place finish, Hearn was alsonamed to the six-man All-Mountain West Conference team.
The Wyoming Cowboys fired their best round of the 54-hole tournamenton Wednesday with a 302. The Cowboys finished seventh in the eight-teamfield with a final score of 925. Brigham Young captured the team title with a three-day total of 890.The individual title was won by John Lepak of San Diego State, who fired athree-round score of three-over par 219. UW's Hearn finished only sixstrokes back of Lepak. Hearn shot a 54-hole total of 225, nine-over par. The other Cowboy to finish in the Top 25 was senior Jake Hunter, whotallied a 16-over par score of 232.
"David Hearn really came back after the first day and put togetheran excellent tournament," said UW head golf coach Roger Prenzlow. "Davidhas had one of the outstanding careers in the history of our program, and heis still in the running to qualify for his third consecutive NCAA WestRegional. "I can't say enough about these three seniors (David Hearn, JakeHunter and Kevin Kayden). David, Jake and Kevin all had great careers atWyoming. I wish we could have gone out in a little stronger fashion forthem, but they have represented our program and our university well over thepast four years. They should be proud of their accomplishments. "All the guys had moments during the tournament when they playedwell, but we weren't able to get four scores together in the same round, andso our team score each day wasn't what we had hoped. "All-in-all the guys did a nice job. Kevin (Kayden) played a niceround on Wednesday, shooting a 75, and Jake (Hunter) played his normalconsistent golf -- he was the only member of our team to shoot in the 70seach round of the tournament."
Hearn was one of six individuals named to the All-Conference team.It was Hearn's first selection to the All-Conference squad during hisfour-year career at UW. San Diego State sophomore Lars Johansson was namedMWC Player of the Year. James Oh of UNLV was selected Freshman of the Year,and J.T. Higgins of New Mexico earned Coach of the Year honors. All awardswere chosen in balloting by the eight MWC men's golf coaches.
The 2001 MWC Men's Golf Championship was played at the SunriverResort in Sunriver, Ore. The championship was contested on the CrosswaterCourse at the Sunriver Resort. Crosswater measured 7,193 yards and playedto a par of 72.
Below are Wyoming's individual scores, along with the final teamstandings and MWC award winners from the 2001 Mountain West Conference Men'sGolf Championship.
Wyoming individual resultsDavid Hearn (Brantford, Ontario) Sr. 82-72-71=225 (+9)10thJake Hunter (Page, Ariz.) Sr. 76-78-78=232 (+16)T22ndKevin Kayden (Fremont, Ohio) Sr. 82-76-75=233 (+17)T30thMike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) Jr. 81-80-78=239 (+23)T36thKurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) RSo. 78-80-81=239 (+23)T36th
Team Standings1. Brigham Young 305-294-291=890 (+26)2. San Diego State 307-293-292=892 (+28)3. Colorado State 301-303-292=896 (+32)4. New Mexico 314-285-300=899 (+35)5. UNLV 316-307-290=913 (+49)6. Utah 313-299-304=916 (+52)7. Wyoming 317-306-302=925 (+61)8. Air Force 332-309-306=947 (+83)
All-ConferenceDavid Hearn, Sr., WyomingBilly Harvey, Sr., BYURobby Stephenson, Sr., Colorado StateWil Collins, Jr., New MexicoScott Lander, Sr., UNLVMichael Letzig, So., New Mexico
Player of the YearLars Johansson, So., San Diego State
Freshman of the YearJames Oh, UNLV
Coach of the YearJ.T. Higgins, New Mexico