May 22, 2010
BREMERTON, Wash. -
Gabe Maier closed out the 2009-10 Wyoming Cowboy golf season in style on Saturday, shooting a one-under par 71 and improving to a tie for 24th place in the final standings at the NCAA Gold Mountain Golf Regional in Bremerton, Wash.
While Maier fell short of his goal of qualifying for the NCAA Championship, he improved during each round of the regional after a tough start. After an opening round 77 (+5), Maier shot rounds of 72 (E) and 71 (-1). With his three-round score of 220 (+4), Maier tied for 24th place in the field of 75 premier college golfers. He improved from 44th place after round one to 32nd place after round two and finally to 24th place on Saturday.
In his final round, Maier played the first nine holes to a stellar four-under par total. He then played the back nine three-over par. He hit 15 greens on the day and had his best putting round of the event.
Maier closes out the 2009-10 season with 10 top-25 finishes in 12 tournaments. He has now finished in the top-25 of an event 17 times in his career.
"Gabe played well today and I am proud of him for competing the way he did this weekend," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "Gabe has become a very good player, which is showcased by a top-25 finish at an event like this. He is now at a level where he can compete to be near the top of every tournament he plays if he capitalizes on opportunities. He is really looking forward to playing this summer and gearing up for his senior year .
"Overall, this regional event was a wonderful experience. Gabe was a great representative for Wyoming golf. Now that we have seen this, it is our goal to get back every year as a program. We have a good nucleus coming back and we are going to work hard in preparing for next year."
In the final team standings, tournament host Washington ran away with the tournament title and a bid to the NCAA Championship with a three-round total of 844 (-20). USC (873, +9), San Diego (874, +10), Oregon State (876, +12) and Illinois (877, +13) also qualified for the NCAA Championship by finishing in the top-five.
Individually, Washington's Richard Lee and Chris Williams took home the top-two finishes with respective three-round scores of 208 (-8) and 210 (-6). Denver's Espen Kofstad earned an individual invitation to the NCAA Championship by finishing in a third place tie with a total of 211 (-5).
The regional was played at Gold Mountain Golf Club, which measures 7,104 yards and plays to a par of 72. It was one of six regionals across the country that served as a qualifier for the 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Championship.