May 20, 2010
BREMERTON, Wash. -
In a rain soaked day that began with an 90-minute delay, University of Wyoming golfer Gabe Maier had an up and down first round at the NCAA Gold Mountain Golf Regional in Bremerton, Wash.
Maier, a junior from Cody, Wyo., shot 77 and finished the opening round five-over par. He is tied for 44th place in the 75-man field and is eight strokes behind the tournament leaders.
During a rainy front nine, Maier struggled with the elements and was four-over par. He then collected himself and was one under par through the first seven holes of the back nine. Unfortunately, he bogeyed the final two holes to finish the round five-over par.
"This is a crazy game and a few little things can mean all the difference," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "The story for Gabe today was that he didn't putt particularly well. Through the season, he averaged 30 putts a round and today he had 33. Gabe is generally a very good putter and this was uncharacteristic of him. This game comes down to the little things and when you miss a couple greens and a couple makeable putts it makes all the difference.
"However, we have lot of golf left with two more rounds. Gabe is determined to get after it and represent Wyoming by playing well tomorrow."
In the team standings, tournament host Washington is leading the way after shooting a 286 (-2). Colorado State and Oregon State are tied for second place after an opening round 291 (+3).
Individually, a pair of golfers from the Rocky Mountain region lead the way in Denver's Espen Kofstad and Colorado State's Dustin Morris. Each fired a three-under par 69 on Thursday.
The regional is being played at Gold Mountain Golf Club, which measures 7,104 yards and plays to a par of 72. The Gold Mountain Regional is one of six regionals across the country that is serving as a qualifier for the 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Championship. The top five teams and low individual from each site will qualify for the national tournament.
The regional will continue with a second round of 18 holes on Friday. Maier will tee off at 10:50 a.m. (Mountain Time). Live stats from the event can be followed at www.golfstat.com or www.gohuskies.com.