May 2, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. -
When the 2009 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship came to an end on Saturday afternoon in Tucson, Ariz., sophomore Phil Henzlik found himself in a tie for seventh place in the individual standings. That marks the second best individual finish by a Cowboy in the history of the MWC and a tie for the fifth best conference championship finish in Wyoming history.
As a team, the Cowboys held on to seventh place after being in ninth place after the opening round. The Cowboys finished with a three-round total of 873 (+21), which matches their best tournament score of the season. The Cowboys shot a 294 (+10) during Saturday's final round.
Henzlik got off to a great start during Saturday's final round and held on to shoot an even-par 71. That final round gave Henzlik a three-round total of 212 (-1) and put him in a four-way tie for seventh place. In addition to having one of the best conference championship performances in Wyoming history, this also marks Henzlik's best career tournament and his first career top-10 finish.
Sophomore Zach Zaremba was the Cowboys second highest finisher, tying for 27th place with a three-round total of 218 (+5). Zaremba shot a final-round 74 (+3).
Sophomore Mike May finished a courageous tournament in a tie for 34th place. May, who battled illness all weekend and even spent time in the hospital, shot a three-round total of 221 (+8).
"I am very proud of Phil, it means a lot to finish in the top-10 of such a tough conference," Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen said. "As a team we had a lot of ups and downs this spring, but I am very pleased with how we finished. We have a young group of kids and a really bright future ahead of us, so we are looking forward to next year.
"I am especially proud of Mike and how he hung in there and gutted it out. He was sick and in the hospital after yesterday's round, but came out here and played hard for his teammates."
The conference's team title was decided in dramatic fashion as No. 17 TCU and #22 San Diego State went into a team playoff after finishing the tournament with a three-round total of 844 (-8). TCU claimed the first playoff hole to win their first MWC men's golf title.
Behind TCU and San Diego State were #34 UNLV (845, -7), #38 New Mexico (848, -4), #32 Colorado State (854, +2), BYU (856, +4), Wyoming (873, +21), Air Force (875, +23) and Utah (579, +27).
New Mexico's Steve Saunders held on to his second-round lead to claim the individual conference championship with a three-round score of 204 (-9). UNLV's Ji Moon finished second (208, -5), while TCU's Johan de Beer, Tom Hoge and San Diego State's Bryan Martin tied for third (209, -4).
The conference championship was played at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club, which plays to a par of 71 and measures 7,163 yards.