Cowboys Tied for 12th After the First Day of the BYU Cougar Classic

April 23, 2004

PROVO, Utah -

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Eric Baily shot a two-round total of even par 144 on Friday at the BYU Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah, and he is tied for 23rd place in the field of 78 men's golfers. As a team, the Wyoming Cowboys posted a 13-over par total of 589 through the first 36 holes, and are tied with Weber State for 12th place.

Utah leads the team race at eight-under par 568 -- three strokes better than host BYU, which opened with a five-under par total of 571.

Individually, Chris Baryla of UTEP holds a one-stroke advantage over Matthew Kodama of Hawaii for the individual lead. Baryla posted an eight-under par score of 136 through two rounds. Kodama shot a seven-under par score of 137.

"Eric Baily and Jason Aichele both had outstanding afternoon rounds, shooting two-under par rounds of 70," said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "Eric is having a nice tournament. He was the only one on our team to put two good rounds together back-to-back today. Jeff Franks opened up with a nice round of 72 in the morning, but then he came back with a 76 in the afternoon. Jason was the opposite, shooting an opening round of 77 but then coming back with a really nice two-under par 70.

"All year, consistency has been something we've struggled with. We have one or two players play well in a round, but we haven't been able to put four good individual scores together in the same round.

"This is a good field, and I feel like we are close to playing some really good golf, but it is time for us to step up and post a low team score in the final round on Saturday. A good round tomorrow would be a big positive for us as we prepare for the conference championship next week."

The BYU Cougar Classic is being played at the Riverside Country Club which plays to a par of 72 and measures 7,001 yards. Saturday's final round is scheduled to tee off at 8 a.m., Mountain time.