April 30, 2004
BEND, Ore. -
The Wyoming Cowboys remained in seventh place after conclusion of the second round of the 2004 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship on Friday. UW shot a 15-over par round of 303 on Friday -- four strokes better than its opening round of 307. Wyoming sits at 34-over par 610 through two rounds.
Brigham Young and New Mexico made the biggest moves of the day in the chase for the team championship. Both the Cougars and Lobos shot rounds of two-under par 286. BYU holds a three-stroke lead over UNM -- 578 (+2) to 581 (+5) -- heading into Saturday's final round. San Diego State, which led the field after the first round, dropped to third place with a second round of six-over par 294.
Wyoming senior Jason Aichele, who was tied for 12th entering Friday's round, fell six spots into 18th place with a second round 75. He will carry a five-over par 149 into Saturday. The best round by a Cowboy was shot by junior Matthew Brunk on Friday, as he shot a one-over 73 to move up from 27th place to 21st at seven-over, 151.
Martin Laird of Colorado State held onto his lead in the individual race for the 2004 MWC Championship. Laird will carry a seven-under par 137 into Saturday. He leads three other individuals by two strokes. Those three contenders include Laird's CSU teammate Nolan Martin, Ryan Moore of UNLV and Mark Warman of San Diego State, who have all posted five-under par totals of 139.
"Jason (Aichele) had a chance to post a really low score today, but he just couldn't get a birdie putt to fall" said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "Jason made 16 pars, and had a chance to birdie several of those holes but the putts wouldn't go down for him today. Matthew (Brunk) played better today, shooting a 73, and moved up the standings a few spots.
"The course is playing very difficult. They have set it up similar to the way it will play for the NCAA West Regional later in May. Even with the quality of our conference teams, no one is really tearing up the course this week."
No team is under par for the tournament and only six of the 40 players in this week's MWC Championship are under par through two rounds.
Entering this week's Mountain West Conference Championship, five of the MWC's eight teams were ranked among the Top 40 teams in the country by the Golf Coaches Association of America/Precept Coaches' Poll. UNLV was ranked No. 13, BYU was No. 14, New Mexico No. 18, Colorado State No. 27 and San Diego State No. 35.
The 2004 Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship is being played on the Crosswater Course at the Sunriver Resort in Bend, Ore. The Crosswater course measures 7,568 yards and plays to a par of 72. The final of three rounds is scheduled to tee off on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Pacific time (10:30 a.m., Mountain time).