May 5, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. -
University of Wyoming junior men's golfer Brent Baylon closed the 2013 Mountain West Championship as the Cowboys' highest finisher in 24th place of the 45-man field after shooting a final round 73 (+2) to finish with 54-hole score of 223 (+10), on Sunday in Tucson, Ariz. As a team, the Cowboys shot a final round 305 (+21) to finish tied with Boise State for seventh place with a final tally of 897 (+45).
"I am happy with how Brent played this weekend," Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "For him to come to his first conference championship with us and be our highest finisher is excellent. We would have liked to finish a little higher, but in such a good golf conference where five teams are going to the NCAA Regionals, seventh is a solid finish. What I am really proud of is we were very close to those five teams going to the NCAAs for most of the weekend. We knew we needed to come out and play really well today for a chance at a higher finish but we just made some mistakes that hurt us. Overall I am happy with our effort and preparation this weekend and I know that this team is very close."
Baylon led the Cowboys with his third top-25 finish of the season. Wyoming's next highest finisher was fellow junior Eric Parish who carded a final round 78 (+6) to finish in 28th place with a final score of 225 (+12). Senior Clinton Boutelle closed the event with a 79 (+8) finishing in 34th place with a final tally of 229 (+16). Junior Eddie Stewart finished tied for 35th place with a score of 230 (+17) after carding a final round 81 (+10). Freshman Kamrin Allen fired a final round 75 (+4) to finish tied for 43rd place with a total of 238 (+25).
"I am proud of how Kamrin rebounded this weekend after a poor start to the tournament," Jensen said. "I know the other guys would have liked to play better but we just made some mistakes and some big numbers that hurt."
Winning the team MW Championship was New Mexico, who was the only team under par, with a three-round total of 884 (-8). UNLV and San Diego State tied for second place with an even-par score of 853. Air Force finished in fourth place with a score of 875 (+23), followed by Colorado State in fifth one stroke behind with a total of 876 (+24). Fresno State finished sixth with a score of 882 (+30), followed by UW and Boise State tied for seventh and Nevada closed out the field in ninth with a score of 918 (+66).
UNLV's Kevin Penner won the individual conference championship with a 54-hole score of 206 (-7). Penner defeated New Mexico's James Erkenbeck by one stroke who finished with a total of 207 (-6). New Mexico's Gavin Green finished third with a total score of 209 (-4), followed by San Diego State's Riccardo Michelini in fourth with a score of 210 (-3) and Boise State's Taeksoo Kim finished fifth with a score of 211 (-2). San Diego State's Tom Berry and New Mexico's John Catlin tied for sixth place with a score of 212 (-1). Tying for eighth place with a score of 213 (E) were UNLV's Kurt Kitayama and Air Force's Kyle Westmoreland. Three other players rounded out the top 10 tying for 10th with a score of 214 (+1).