May 8, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. (May 8, 2010) - While Cowboy golfer Gabe Maier fell short of his goal of winning an individual Mountain West Conference title, the junior held on for a solid 12th place tie as the 2010 conference championship concluded on Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.
Maier, a Cody, Wyo. native, entered the final day of the conference championship two strokes out of the top-three. Unfortunately, he fell into a tie for 12th place in the final individual standings after shooting a final round 73 (+2). That gave him a three-round total of 214 (+1).
As a team, the Cowboys closed out the event with their best round of the tournament, a 290 (+6). That caused the Pokes to jump No. 45 New Mexico and finish in seventh place with a tournament total of 892 (+40).
Redshirt freshman Clinton Boutelle carried the Cowboys on Saturday by shooting a 68 (-3). That 68 matched the third-best final round by any player in the conference. Boutelle ended the tournament in a tie for 23rd place with a three-round score of 220 (+7). He closed out a very good freshman season with his fourth top-25 finish of the season.
"We played much better today and I am proud of the guys for never giving up," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "We are a little disappointed we didn't play this well throughout the weekend, but it was nice to jump to seventh place and pass a very good New Mexico team who is ranked 45th in the country.
"I am proud of both Gabe and Clinton. Gabe was just a few strokes away from competing for an individual title, and that was something special for a freshman (Clinton) to match the third best round in the conference today.
"Overall, we are very excited about returning all five of these guys next year. We are going to work hard this summer and are already looking forward to the future of Cowboy golf."
No. 35 ranked Colorado State ran away with the 2010 MWC Championship, finishing 13 strokes lower than any other team. Colorado State finished with a three-round total of 834 (-18). The Rams were followed by No. 31 San Diego State (847, -5), No. 12 UNLV (849, -3), No. 54 BYU (854, +2), No. 24 TCU (867, +15), Air Force (887, +35), Wyoming (892, +40), No. 45 New Mexico (893, +41) and Utah (911, +59). The MWC features five teams that are currently ranked in the top-54 of GolfStat's national rankings.
Colorado State's Ryan Peterson held on to win the 2010 MWC individual championship with a three-round scorecard of 205 (-8). UNLV's Eddie Olson finished second (207, -6) and San Diego State's Tom Berry finished third (208, -5).
For the fourth consecutive year, the MWC Championship was played at OMNI Tucson National Golf Course. The course measures 7,144 yards in length and plays to a par of 71.
Maier has a very good chance at earning an at-large bid to a regional tournament. The regional selections will be announced on Monday evening.
|Wyoming Team Results||Hometown||Class||Scores|
|Gabe Maier||Cody, Wyo.||Jr.||72+69+73=214 (+1, Tie 10th)|
|Clinton Boutelle||Cody, Wyo.||R-Fr.||75+77+68=220 (+7, Tie 29th)|
|Zach Zaremba||Pueblo, Colo.||Jr.||77+76+75=228 (+15, Tie 33rd)|
|Casey Ruff||Buffalo, Wyo.||Jr.||80+77+75=232 (+19, 41st)|
|Phil Henzlik||Rapid City, S.D.||Jr.||79+79+74=232 (+19, Tie 42nd)|