May 6, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Junior Wyoming Cowboy golfer Clinton Boutelle led the way for UW in the final round of the 2012 Mountain West Golf Championship finishing in a tie for 15th place after shooting a two-over 73 on Sunday, in Tucson, Ariz. Boutelle recorded his best-career finish at the championship tying for 15th of the 40-man field with a 54-hole score of 216 (+3). He topped his previous career-high finish at the championship moving up two places from 17th in 2009. He also recorded his fifth top-20 finish of the season and his first of the spring. In a field of eight, that features five top-75 programs, the Cowboys finished eighth after shooting a final round 301 (+17). Wyoming's final round gave it a three-round team score of 891 (+39).
"Clinton had a good weekend for us," UW head golf coach Joe Jensen said. "I am happy that he was able to have a solid finish to end the season. As a team I am disappointed because I know this not how we wanted to finish the season. This is a very good golf conference and we needed to play our best for three rounds to compete."
Boutelle led the way for the Cowboys throughout the event firing all three rounds within two strokes of par. Wyoming's next highest finisher was redshirt freshman Eddie Stewart who shot a final round 76 (+5) which gave him a three-round total of 222 (+9) tying him for 26th place. Senior Mike May concluded his Cowboy career with a final round 75 (+ 4) and tied for 36th place with a final score of 226 (+ 13). Sophomore Eric Parish shot a third round 77 (+6) finishing his first conference championship in 39th place with a final score of 227 (+14). Senior Casey Ruff ended his UW career with a final round 82 (+11) finishing in 40th place with a score of 240 (+27).
The championship was played at OMNI Tucson National Golf club on the Catalina Course which played a par 71 and measured 7,144 yards. This event was the Cowboys second trip to Tucson National after playing the Arizona National Invitational Tournament in March. As a team the Cowboys improved their score by 12 strokes (891) at the conference championship after shooting a team score of 903 (+51) at the NIT. Individually, Boutelle improved his play between tournaments by 15 strokes shooting 234 (+18) at the NIT.
The individual medalist at the 2012 MW Championship was TCU's Johan de Beer who won with a three-round score of 204 (-9). Tying for second place were Colorado State's Zahkai Brown and TCU's Julien Brun who finished with scores of 206 (-7). San Diego State's Alex Kang took fourth place with a score of 210 (-3). Four players including SDSU's Tom Berry, New Mexico's James Erkenbeck, CSU's Kirby Pettitt and Boise State's Scott Spiewak tied for fifth place with a score of 211 (-2).
Winning the team championship was SDSU who shot a three-round score of 844 (-8). TCU was five strokes behind the Aztecs finishing second with a team total of 849 (-3). New Mexico and UNLV tied for fourth place with scores of 851 (-1). Colorado State rounded out the top five team scores with a final tally of 853 (+1).
The conclusion of the 2012 MW Men's Golf Championship ends the 2011-12 Wyoming Cowboy golf season.