May 1, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Led by redshirt freshman Eric Baily, junior Jason Aichele and sophomore Matthew Brunk, the Wyoming Cowboys enjoyed an outstanding day on Thursday in the opening round of the 2003 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship. Baily fired an opening round two-under par 70 and is tied for ninth, while Aichele and Brunk shot one-under par rounds of 71 to tie for 14th. As a team, the Cowboys are tied with UNLV and Colorado State for fourth place in the eight-team field, with a first round score of one-under par 287.
New Mexico leads in the team competition with a 12-under par opening round of 276. BYU and San Diego State are both five strokes back at seven-under par 281.
In the individual competition, Lars Johansson of San Diego State and Ron Harvey of BYU are tied for the lead at five-under par 67.
"The guys really had a nice first day," said Wyoming men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "Eric (Baily), Jason (Aichele) and Matthew (Brunk) all had great opening rounds.
"The weather conditions were ideal on Thursday, and we saw a lot of low scores by several teams.
"We accomplished what we wanted to in the first round, and that was to put ourselves in contention. The field is closely bunched together, so we can't get relax. We have to come out Friday and Saturday and continue to play like we did today.
"When you consider we had this strong of a round without our number one player, Kurt Kowaluk, shooting his normal low round, we have to feel pretty good about our start."
The 2003 MWC Men's Golf Championship is being played on the Crosswater Course at the Sunriver Golf Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The course measures 7,270 yards and plays to a par of 72.
The second of three 18-hole rounds of the 2003 MWC Championship is set to tee off at 9:00 a.m., Pacific time on Friday. The final round will tee off Saturday morning.
1. New Mexico 276 (-12)2. Brigham Young 281 (-7) San Diego State 281 (-7)4. Wyoming 287 (-1) UNLV 287 (-1) Colorado State 287 (-1)7. Utah 290 (+2)8. Air Force 305 (+17)