Cowboy Golf Tied for Ninth After First Day of WAC Tournament

May 3, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The 1999 Western AthleticConference Men's Golf Championship teed off on Monday at the Poppy HillsGolf Course at Pebble Beach, Calif. The University of Wyoming finished thefirst of three days of competition tied for ninth place in the 16-team fieldat 309. UW is tied with Colorado State. Wyoming sophomore David Hearn ledthe way for the Pokes with an opening round 73. Hearn's one-over par roundputs him just four strokes out of the lead.

Brigham Young leads the tournament with a first-round score of 285.Billy Harvey of BYU, Michael Kirk of UNLV and Manuel Merizalde of BYU aretied for the individual lead at three-under par 69.

"We got off to a slow start this morning," said UW men's golf coachRoger Prenzlow. "But our young guys really showed their composure andcompetitiveness on the back nine, and kept us in position to have a goodtournament.

"David played a really good round of golf on an extremely difficultcourse. Everyone of the guys did a good job of maintaining theirconcentration on a day when the wind played a factor.

"We need to focus on getting off to a better start in Tuesday'sround, so that we can improve our position before the final round onWednesday."

Wyoming features a very young lineup of three sophomores and twofreshmen. Hearn is joined by fellow sophomores Jake Hunter and Kevin Kaydenand freshmen Kurt Kowaluk and Mike Urbatchka.

The tournament is scheduled to be played Monday-Wednesday, May 3-5.Tee times are set for 8 a.m., Pacific time each day. The Poppy Hills GolfCourse measures 6,835 yards and plays to a par of 72.

All 16 WAC member institutions field men's golf teams. The fieldincludes No. 2 ranked UNLV, which won the 1998 NCAA Championship. NewMexico is ranked No. 16 in the country, and Brigham Young is ranked No. 19.The WAC also has 11 individuals ranked in the MasterCard Top 50 Men's GolfRankings.

Although UNLV is the defending NCAA Champion, TCU is the defendingWAC Champion, having defeated UNLV at the '98 WAC Championships by fivestrokes.

TCU's J.J. Henry was the 1998 WAC individual medalist. Henry was asenior in '98. But there is a defending champion in the field in '97 WACChampion Andy Miller of BYU. Miller is the son of former PGA great JohnnyMiller.

Below are the current team standings, Top 10 individuals and thescores of Wyoming's competitors

Team Standings     Score

1. Brigham Young 2852. UNLV 2923. San Diego State 2954. New Mexico 2995. TCU 3006. San Jose State 302 Hawai'i 3028. Fresno State 3049. Wyoming 309 Colorado State 30911.Utah 31012.Air Force 313 SMU 31314.UTEP 31815.Tulsa 32116.Rice 328

Top 10 Individuals Score

1. Billy Harvey, BYU 69 (-3) Michael Kirk, UNLV 69 (-3) Manuel Merizalde, BYU 69 (-3)4. Van Wright, Hawai'i 71 (-1)5. Aaron Hickman, TCU 72 (Even) Magnus Carlsson, San Diego St. 72 (Even) Scott Volpitto, TCU 72 (Even) Lucas Horrobin, San Jose State 72 (Even) Scott Miller, BYU 72 (Even) 10.David Hearn, Wyoming 73 (+1) Tied with five other individuals for 10th

Wyoming Individuals Score Place

David Hearn (Brantford, Ontario)73 T10th Mike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) 77 T33rdKurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) 79 T47thJake Hunter (Page, Ariz.) 80 T58thKevin Kayden (Fremont, Ohio) 82 T67th