May 4, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming sophomore David Hearnmoved into fifth place after the second round of the 1999 Western AthleticConference Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday. Hearn shot a second round 74to go with an opening round 73 on Monday. Hearn's three-over par 147 totalplaces him in a tie for fifth place with Scott Miller of Brigham Youngentering Wednesday's final round. Wyoming will enter the final round in12th place in the 16-team field with a 36-hole total of 626.
Brigham Young continues to lead the tournament with a two-roundtotal of 575. Manuel Merizalde of BYU holds the individual lead atfive-under par 139. The 1999 WAC Championship is being played at the PoppyHills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif.
"Other than David (Hearn), the other guys on our team looked alittle uncomfortable on the course today," said UW men's golf coach RogerPrenzlow. "We got off to a slow start this morning, but unlike the firstround on Monday, we weren't able to regroup on the back nine today.
"The pin placements today were very challenging. Mike Urbatchka didput up a solid 78 today, but that ended up to be the average score for theday, so you can see how challenging the golf course was playing.Unfortunately we weren't able to get the third and fourth scores today thatwe needed to move up in the team standings.
"We're still within striking distance of several teams,though. Ifwe can put up a score similar to the one we shot Monday, we can move upthree to four spots."
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 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 5 individuals and thescores of Wyoming's competitors
Team Standings Score
1. Brigham Young 5752. UNLV 5933. New Mexico 5954. San Diego State 5995. Colorado State 6106. Utah 6147. TCU 6158. Fresno State 6169. San Jose State 62110.SMU 62211.Hawai'i 62312.Wyoming 62613.Air Force 62714.UTEP 63315.Rice 63716.Tulsa 642
Top 5 Individuals Score
1. Manuel Merizalde, BYU 69-70=139 (-5)2. Joel Hendry, New Mexico 73-70=143 (-1)3. Michael Kirk, UNLV 69-75=144 (Even)4. Charley Hoffman, UNLV 74-72=146 (+2)5. David Hearn, Wyoming 73-74=147 (+3) Scott Miller, BYU 72-75=147 (+3)
Wyoming Individuals Score Place
David Hearn (Brantford, Ontario) 73-74=147 T5th Mike Urbatchka (Sheridan, Wyo.) 77-78=155 T32ndJake Hunter (Page, Ariz.) 80-80=160 T58thKurt Kowaluk (Lively, Ontario) 79-86=165 T73rdKevin Kayden (Fremont, Ohio) 82-85=167 T76th