Sept. 5, 2011
VICTOR, Idaho -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team shot two rounds of four-over par on Monday to finish the first day at The Battle in the Tetons tournament in third place. The Cowboys combined shot two rounds of 292 (+4) giving them a two round total of 584 (+8), putting them in third place of the nine team field. Redshirt Freshman Cowboy Eddie Stewart shot a first round 72 (E) and a second round 67 (-5), recording a five-under 139 to finish the first day in third place of the 54-man field.
"We want to win this tournament and we need to come out and play well tomorrow to do that, " Cowboy golf head coach Joe Jensen said. "Eddie played well today a 67 is a great round."
In the first round, the Cowboys had four players shoot within two shots of par. Stewart led UW in scoring in the first round shooting an even par 72. Clinton Boutelle and Michael May both shot a one-over 73. Senior Casey Ruff shot two-over 74 in today's first round. Redshirt Freshman Jake Hedge shot a first round 82 (+10) in his first collegiate tournament. After shooting a first round 292 (+4) the Cowboys sat in a tie for third place with Southern Utah. Sophomore Cowboy Eric Parish playing as an individual for the Cowboys shot a first round 73 (+1).
Stewart came out firing in the second round for the Cowboys shooting a career best five-under 67, which put him in third place. Boutelle finished his second round with his second one-over 73, giving him a two round total of 146 (+2) and tying him for 12th place. Ruff also sits in the top-20 tied for 19th after shooting a second round 75 (+3) giving him a total of 149 (+5). Senior May shot a second round 77 (+5), which gave him a two round total of 150 (+6) and tied him for 23rd place. Hedge shot a second round 85 (+13) which gave him a total of 167 (+23) putting him in 54th place. Parish currently sits in a tie for 14th place after firing a second round 74 (+2), which gave him a two round total of 147 (+3).
"We made a few errors and a few mental mistakes in the second round," Jensen added. "Overall we still played pretty well."
Southern Utah currently holds the team after shooting a first round 292 (+4) and a second round 286 (-2). Trailing Southern Utah is Utah Valley in second place with a score of 583 (+7), and Wyoming in third place with a team score of 584 (+8). South Dakota State is in fourth with a team score of 589 (+13,) and Weber State rounds out the top five with a score of 590 (+14).
Utah Valley's Mason Casper (135, -9) is a top the individual leaderboard after shooting two under par rounds of 66 (-6) and 69 (-3). Hartford's Matt Smith sits two shots back of Casper at 137 (-7) after also shooting two under par rounds of 66 (-6) and 71 (-1). Cowboy Stewart holds third place with his 139 (-5). Southern Utah's Jeff Evens (71, 70) and Weber State's Ty Travis (69, 72) are in a tie for fourth place at 141 (-3).
The Battle in the Tetons is being held at the Headwaters Golf Club in Victor, Utah it measures 7,373-yards and is a par 72 course.
"Everyone on the team wants to win this tournament," Jensen said. "We just need to go out tomorrow and have a good day."
Wyoming golf will conclude play at the Battle in the Tetons with 18 holes beginning Tuesday morning.