May 3, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Junior Brent Baylon led the University of Wyoming men's golf team on the first day of the 2013 Mountain West Championship firing a one-over 72 to finish tied for ninth place of the 45-man field on Friday in Tucson, Ariz. As a team the Cowboys finished tied with Air Force for fifth place with a score of 299 (+15). New Mexico leads the nine-team field as the only school under par with a 282 (-2), followed by UNLV in second (287, +3), San Diego State in third (288, +4) and Colorado State in fourth three shots ahead of UW and AFA with a score of 296 (+12).
"I am very happy with how Brent played today," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "He played solid all day with just a couple mistakes. We battled some windy conditions and struggled a little down the stretch but we are in good position. We are off to a good enough start that we can be competitive the rest of the way in this tournament. I know we are going to work very hard this afternoon and keep preparing because we still have two rounds to go in this event. We are going to go play hard tomorrow and see what happens."
Baylon led the Pokes in the first round and was followed by fellow junior Eddie Stewart who shot a 74 (+3) to finish in a tie for 18th place. Junior Eric Parish finished one shot behind Stewart carding a four-over 75 that tied him for 21st place. Senior Clinton Boutelle finished the day tied for 34th place with a score of 78 (+7). Freshman Kamrin Allen rounded out the UW scoring with an 89 (+18) finishing him in 45th place.
"Eric got off to a poor start, but I am really proud of the way he finished today," Jensen said. "Clinton had a tough stretch coming in but I know he will come back and play a lot better tomorrow. Eddie also struggled to start the round and held on for a solid round."
A top the individual leaderboard is New Mexico's Victor Perez after shooting a five-under 66. UNLV's Kevin Penner finished in second with a four-under 67, followed by UNM's Gavin Green in third with an 70 (-1). Five Players tied for fourth place with an even-par 70. Baylon and UNM's James Erkenbeck finished one stroke out of a tie for fourth with their one-over 72 giving them ninth place.
The championship is being played at OMNI Tucson National Golf Club Catalina Course. It plays a par 71 and measures 7,144 yards
The Cowboys will continue the championship on Saturday with one 18-hole round. Allen will be the first to tee off at 8:50 a.m. MT. Boutelle will be second off at 9 a.m., followed by Parish at 9:10, Stewart at 9:20 and Baylon at 9:30.