Sept. 6, 2011
VICTOR, Idaho -
The Wyoming Cowboy golf team completed play at the Battle in the Tetons, on Tuesday, with a fourth place finish in the nine team field. The Cowboys shot a final round 301 (+13), which gave them a three round total of 885 (+21). Redshirt Freshman Eddie Stewart was the Cowboys highest finisher in seventh-place, of the 54-man field, after firing a five-over 77 in the final round.
"Today was a little disappointing because we were in position to win this tournament," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "We are not going to get discouraged because we played pretty well overall finishing in the top four."
Stewart was the Cowboys highest finisher in seventh place after shooting a three round total of 216 (E). Junior Clinton Boutelle shot a final round 72 (E) to give him a three round total of 218 (+2), which tied him for 10th place. Senior Casey Ruff recorded a top-25 finish after shooting a final round 76 (+4), which gave him a three round total of 225 (+9). Fellow senior Michael May shot a final round 79 (+7) giving him a total of 229 (+13) and tying him for 33rd place. Redshirt Freshman Jake Hedge improved from his first two rounds shooting a final round 76 (+4), giving him 53rd place with a total of 243 (+27). Sophomore Eric Parish, who was playing as an individual for the Cowboys, fired a two-under 70 in the final round to give him a total of 217 (+1), which tied him for eighth place.
"Clinton played nice and solid for us today," Jensen added. "I am really proud of Eric he had a very good couple of days."
Taking home the team championship was Utah Valley University who shot a final round 283 (-5), which gave them a team total of 866 (+2). Following Utah Valley was, Southern Utah in second with a score of 874 (+10), Weber State in third with a three round total of 882 (+18), Wyoming in fourth with a team total of 885 (+21) and South Dakota State rounded out the top five with a score of 891 (+27).
The tournament's individual medalist was Utah Valley's Mason Casper who recorded three rounds under par and defeated the field by ten strokes. UVU's Casper shot, 66 (-6), 69 (-3), 67 (-4) to finish the tournament with a three round total of 202 (-14). Trailing Casper was, Weber State's Ty Travis who finished second shooting a 212 (-4), Southern Utah's Nic Booth finished third with a three round total of 213 (-4). Southern Utah's Jeff Evans, Hartford's Matt Smith and Army's Matt Kim finished in a tie for fourth place shooting a two-under 214 for the tournament. Cowboy Stewart finished in seventh with his even-par 216. South Dakota State's David Smith and UW's Parish tied for eighth with a total score of 217 (+1). Boutelle and Utah Valley's Joey Olsen rounded out the top 10 with three round totals of 218 (+2).
Cowboy golf will return to action on Monday, Sept. 12 in Erie, Colo., at the Mark Simpson Invitational that will be hosted by the University of Colorado at Colorado National Golf Club.