UW's Hearn In Sixth Place At MWC Men's Golf Championship

May 2, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming junior DavidHearn continues to contend for the 2000 Mountain West Conference Men's GolfChampionship being played in Palm Desert, Calif. Hearn shot an even-parround of 72 on Tuesday and is in sixth place heading into Wednesday's finalround. He trails the leader, Nigel Spence of Colorado State, by fivestrokes. Hearn's 36-hole total is 142, two-under par, while Spence hasposted a two-round total of 137, seven-under.

The Wyoming Cowboys fell back one spot on Tuesday to sixth place,despite shooting a team score of 298, which was four strokes lower thantheir score on Monday. UW was in fifth after Monday's opening round, butSan Diego State moved six strokes ahead of the Pokes on Tuesday. Wyominghas a two-round total of 600. The Pokes are ahead of Utah (605) and AirForce (620). UNLV is the team leader at 566, followed by Colorado State(570), Brigham Young (576), New Mexico (584) and San Diego State (594).

Not only were UNLV (No. 9 in the nation), BYU (No. 10) and NewMexico (No. 11) all ranked in the Top 25 entering the tournament, butColorado State (No. 38) and San Diego State (No. 41) were ranked in the Top50.

Wyoming's Hearn finished seventh a year ago in the conferencechampionship, and is once again within striking distance of the individualtitle this year. Another Cowboy who enjoyed an outstanding round on Tuesdaywas junior Jake Hunter, who shot an even-par round of 72, and enters thefinal round Wednesday in a tie for 21st.

"David (Hearn) continues to stay in contention," said UW men's golfcoach Roger Prenzlow. "He'll need to put up a real low score tomorrow tohave a chance for the title, but he's definitely capable of doing just that.Jake (Hunter) shot a nice round for us today, he played with a lot of savvytoday and stayed within himself. But we just weren't able to get that thirdand fourth score today to hold onto fifth place.

"We knew that this would be a big day in the team competition. Withthis many nationally-ranked teams, you knew that people would step up. SanDiego State put together a great round today, but if we can come back andhave four of our five guys put up a good score tomorrow, we could jump rightback ahead of them."

UNLV held a seven-stroke advantage over CSU after Monday's openinground. Colorado State cut into that lead by three strokes on Tuesday andenters the final round four strokes back -- 570 to 566. The team making thebiggest move on Tuesday was BYU, which shot the low round of the day with a280 for a two-day total of 576. BYU was 16 strokes out of the lead Monday,and enters Wednesday 10 strokes back of leader UNLV.

The 2000 Mountain West Conference Championship is being played atPGA West in Palm Desert, Calif., on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Thecourse measures 6,921 yards and plays to a par of 72. The third and finalround will tee off on Wednesday, May 3 beginning at 8 a.m.

Team Standings

1. UNLV 280-286=566 (-10)2. Colorado State 287-283=570 (-6)3. BYU 296-280=576 (Even)4. New Mexico 296-288=584 (+8)5. San Diego State 308-286=594 (+18)6. Wyoming 302-298=600 (+24) Utah 308-297=605 (+29)8. Air Force 309-311=620 (+44)

Wyoming Players

David Hearn (Jr., Brantford, Ontario) 6th 70-72=142 (-2)Jake Hunter (Jr., Page, Ariz.) T21st 77-72=149 (+5)Reid Lende (Sr., Livingston, Mont.) 28th 73-79=152 (+8)Kevin Kayden (Jr., Fremont, Ohio) T36th 82-78=160 (+16)Mike Urbatchka (So., Sheridan, Wyo.) T36th 84-76=160 (+16)