May 17, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The second day of the NCAA Men's Golf West Regional wasn't kind to University of Wyoming senior golfer Mike Urbatchka. Entering the day in a tie for 18th place, after an opening round 72 on Thursday, Urbatchka shot an eight-over par round of 80 on Friday to fall into a tie for 82nd place in the field of 141 men's golfers.
Urbatchka will begin Saturday's final round with a 152 total after 36 holes. He is 15 strokes behind the tournament leader, Ricky Barnes of the University of Arizona. Barnes fired a five-under par round of 67 to improve his two-round total to 137, seven-under par. He leads by five strokes over a group of four golfers who are two-under par 142.
UNLV leads the team competition following a four-over par round of 292 on Friday. The Rebels hold a one stroke lead over Fresno State -- 582 to 583.
Urbatchka, a native of Sheridan, Wyo., is playing in his first NCAA West Regional.
"Mike (Urbatchka) had a tough day ," said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "He had to stop in the middle of the round because he got ill, and they had to call the trainer out. He's disappointed, but we'll work on some things prior to Saturday's final round, and I'm confident he'll come back and play hard tomorrow. It was just one of those days, when certain circumstances played into the round. Mike has one more day, and with a good finish can move up in the standings."
The top 10 teams and top two individuals, not a member of one of those 10 teams, will advance from the West Regional to the NCAA Championship. The 2002 NCAA Championship will be played May 29-June 1 at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
After the first round, Urbatchka was one of six individuals vying for one of the two individual bids to the NCAA Championships which will be held at Ohio State later this month. Following Friday's round of 80, Urbatchka fell back of a number of individuals in the race for the individual bids.
The tournament format for the NCAA West Regional is three 18 hole rounds for a total of 54 holes. Urbatchka is scheduled to tee off at 9:10 a.m. Mountain time on Saturday in the final round.
The West Regional is one of three regionals leading up to the NCAA Championship. The East Regional is being hosted by Georgia Tech University, and is being played at the Ansley Golf Club's Settin' Down Creek Course in Roswell, Ga. The Central Regional is being played at the Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Little Rock, Ark., hosted by the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. All three regionals consist of 27 teams and six individuals, and all three are being played May 16-18.
Urbatchka's participation in the 2002 NCAA West Regional marks the fourth consecutive season that Wyoming has placed an individual in the NCAA West Regional. Former Cowboy David Hearn earned bids to the 1999, 2000 and 2001 NCAA West Regionals, with his best finish being 17th at the 1999 NCAA Regional.
Urbatchka was named All-Mountain West Conference by MWC coaches on May 1. He posted five Top 25 finishes in 10 tournaments during the 2001-02 season, including four Top 10 showings. Urbatchka also led the Cowboys in stroke average this season at 73.34 strokes per round.