Cowboy Golfer Maier Holds 18-Hole Lead At MWC Championship

May 5, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. -

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The University of Wyoming Cowboy Golf team completed its first day at the Mountain West Conference Championship in Tucson, Ariz., on Thursday. Senior Gabe Maier sits at the top of the leaderboard after shooting a six-under 65. As a team, UW sits in a tie for fourth place of the nine-team field with a team score of 286 (+2).

"Gabe played really good today," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "We knew all along Gabe was capable of this. He is one of the best players in the conference. For us to be sitting in fourth place as a team, it is a solid start."Maier led the way for the Pokes, sitting in first place of the 45-man field with his 65 (-6). Shooting the next best round was sophomore Clinton Boutelle who shot a 71 (E) to finish him in a tie for 10th place. Finishing the first round in a tie for 34th place were Phil Henzlik and Michael May who both shot a four-over 75. Rounding out the UW five was senior Zach Zaremba who shot an eight-over 79 tying him for 42nd place.

"I was really proud of Clinton shooting an even round today as a sophomore," Jensen said. "Phil finished poorly, double-bogeying the final hole, but he still played really solid. Mike got off to a rough start, but he finished awesome."Leading the team scoring after the first round is San Diego State with a team total of 278 (-6). TCU and BYU sit in a tie for second place after shooting 283 (-1) in round one. The Cowboys currently sit in a tie for fourth place with Colorado State after shooting a two-over 286. Trailing the Cowboys and the Rams is UNLV in sixth-place with a team score of 287 (+3). Rounding out the nine teams are Air Force in seventh-place (289, +5), New Mexico in eighth place (291, +7) and Utah in ninth place (295, +11).

"The team scoring is so bunched up that if we play well tomorrow, we can really make a run at this thing," Jensen added.

Individually, Maier sits in the clubhouse with the round one lead after shooting a six-under 65. Chasing Maier are SDSU's Johan Carlsson and CSU's Ryan Peterson, who both shot a four-under 67, tying them for second. In fourth place is SDSU's Alex Kang who shot a three-under 68. Rounding out the top five are BYU's Zach Blair and Air Force's Robert Belz, each with a two-under 69.

The MWC Championship being played at the OMNI Tucson National Golf Club, Catalina Course which measures 7,144-yards and is a par 71.Round two of the MWC Championship will begin Friday morning at 8 a.m. MT.