May 21, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. - During the second round of the 2010 NCAA Gold Mountain Golf Regional in Bremerton, Wash., Wyoming's Gabe Maier improved five strokes and jumped 12 places in the individual standings.
Maier, a junior from Cody, Wyo., shot an even par 72 on Friday and jumped from a tie for 44th place to a tie for 32nd place in the 75-man field. Over the two rounds, he is now five-over par with a total of 149 strokes
Maier began the second round with a bang. He recorded an eagle on his first hole, a par 4, by knocking in his second shot from 138 yards out. From that point on, he had a solid day with some good holes and a couple tough ones. During the round he hit 15 greens and putted 33 times. However, a trio of three putts really hampered Maier.
"Gabe had a solid day and had a chance to be under par at a very tough course, but he missed a couple putts to finish at even par," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said.
"He played hard, hit the ball well and competed with some of the top players in the nation. He finished with 33 putts again today, which is three over his average. He is rolling the ball well, but just missed a couple makeable putts.
"Overall, I am very proud of Gabe and his effort. He is a great representative of Wyoming golf. By being here and competing, he has really set us up to make it a goal to be here every year. We are looking forward to Saturday's final round. Gabe really wants to come out here, play well and post a low number."
In the team standings, tournament host Washington continues to lead in a big way with a two-round total of 569 (-7). Illinois is currently in second place (585, +9) and USC and San Diego are tied for third place (586, +10).
Individually, Washington's Darren Wallace leads the tournament with a two-round score of 139 (-5). Fellow Husky Richard Lee and Denver's Espen Kofstad are tied for second place with a total of 140 (-4).
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 conclude on Saturday with a third round of 18 holes. Maier will tee off at 10:30 a.m. (Mountain Time). Live stats from the event can be followed at www.golfstat.com or www.gohuskies.com.