Sept. 7, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men'sgolf team captured its own Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate on Tuesday, led byjuniors David Hearn and Kevin Kayden, who placed first and second in theindividual competition. The Cowboys held off Western Kentucky, whichfinished two strokes back of the Cowboys.
The tournament was played at the Jacoby Golf Club in Laramie, Wyo.,on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 6-7. For the Cowboys it was the secondconsecutive year they won the team title. Wyoming shot a 54-hole total of837. Western Kentucky finished at 839.
Hearn shot rounds of 68-65-71 for a 204 total. Two strokes back at206 was fellow Cowboy Kayden and Daniel Fox of Arkansas-Little Rock. Kaydenposted rounds of 70-67-69. His afternoon round of 67 on Monday included ahole-in-one on the par three No. 15. Kayden recorded the first hole-in-oneof his career with a two iron from 237 yards.
UW men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow spoke about the total team effortthat won the title for the Cowboys. "This was a nice win for us," saidPrenzlow. "We were pushed by a high-caliber field, but all our guys hung inthere and wouldn't let the tournament get away from them. We had everyonecontribute to this win. That is the difference between being a mediocreteam and a pretty good team is a squad that has all five guys contribute.It was good to see how we responded to being in a pressure situation headinginto the final round. We knew we had to shoot a good score on Tuesday towin this tournament, and it was exciting to see our guys accept thechallenge.
"David (Hearn) getting his first college win was something that Ithink everyone who's followed our team knew would happen. I look for Davidto have an excellent junior season."
Hearn said he was glad to get that first collegiate win under hisbelt.
"I was pretty confident coming into this week," said Hearn. "Iplayed really well in the two rounds on Monday, and knew I had a good chanceto win the tournament if I posted a solid score in the final round. Thingsweren't going my way for most of Tuesday's round, but I birdied 16 and 17and that helped me hold off the people who were making a run at me. It wasgreat to get my first tournament win in a college tournament. The first twoyears here, I had a couple of legitimate chances to win tournaments. It'snice to finally finish on top one week."
Kayden said he was looking forward to the start of his juniorseason, particularly the way he had been striking the ball of late.
"A couple of weeks ago, I started hitting the ball really well,"said Kayden. "I haven't been thinking about mechanics much. I've just beenswinging aggressive."
And on the par three No. 15, Kayden's aggressive attitude paid offwith the first hole-in-one of his career. "I hit a two-iron on 15. Ididn't see it go in the hole, but one of the officials saw it and told me.I was so excited, I had to settle myself down on the next hole and was ableto make par. I was really happy with how I played all week."
The Cowboys next tournament of the fall season will be the Air ForceAcademy Falcon Invitational on Sept. 17-19 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Team Scores1. Wyoming 8372. Western Kentucky 8393. Campbell University 8444. Idaho 8485. Boise State 8586. Idaho State 861 Arkansas-Little Rock 8618. Washington State 8649. Drake 86510. Kansas State 86911. North Carolina-Greensboro 87212. Utah State 87513. Tennessee-Martin 88714. Northern Colorado 88914. Tennessee-Martin 597