May 6, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -
University of Wyoming golfer Gabe Maier sits in a tie for the top spot on the leaderboard at the Mountain West Conference Championship after shooting a second round 70 (-1). As a team the Cowboys are in seventh place with a two-day team score of 580 (+12).
"We are playing solid for the most part; we just have not been able to capitalize on our opportunities," Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen said. "Our putting was just not there today. As a team we just need to relax and make sure to capitalize on our opportunities."
After holding the Day One lead, Maier was able to keep his top spot on the leaderboard after Day Two, shooting a one-under 70, giving him a two-day total of 135 (-7). Sophomore Clinton Boutelle recorded his second even-par round of the championship, shooting a second round 71 (E). He now has a two day total of 142 (E), which tied him for 12th place. Senior Phil Henzlik shot a second round 76 (+5) giving him a two-round total of 151 (+9) to sit in 39th place. Michael May finished right behind Henzlik in a tie for 40th place after shooting a second round 77 (+6), which gave him a two-day total of 152 (+10). Zach Zaremba rounded out scoring for the Cowboys shooting a second day 81 (+10) giving him a two-day total of 160 (+18) which put him in 43rd place.
Three individuals including Maier, San Diego State's Johan Carlsson and UNLV's Derek Ernts currently sit at the top of the leaderboard at the MWC Championship with a two-round total of 135 (-7). Rounding out the top five individuals are Colorado State's Ryan Peterson in fourth place with a two-round score of 137 (-5) and New Mexico's Travis Ross in fifth place with a two day total of 138 (-4).
Holding the team lead after day two is San Diego State with a two-round score of 559 (-9). In second place is UNLV, which trails SDSU by just one stroke at 560 (-8). TCU currently sits in third place with a score of 565 (-3), while BYU sits in fourth place with a score of 568 (E). CSU is fifth with a team score of 573 (+5); New Mexico is sixth (575, +7); Wyoming is seventh (580, +12); Air Force is eighth (583, +15) and Utah is ninth (588, +20).
With Maier holding the 36-hole lead, he is poised to become the first Cowboy golfer to win the MWC Championship. With a top-10 finish he could become the sixth Cowboy to finish in the top-10 at the championship and the first since Henzlik in 2009, who finished seventh.
"Gabe is playing awesome," Jensen added. "He didn't play as well a yesterday but he has himself in position to win the championship."
The MWC Championship is being played at the OMNI Tucson National Golf Club, Catalina Course which measures 7,144-yards and is a par 71.
The final round of the MWC Championship will begin Saturday morning at 8 a.m. MT.