Sept. 9, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The learning process began today for the young University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team at the 38th annual Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. Four of six UW golfers playing in the event were getting their first taste of NCAA Division I competition, and the inexperience was evident in the Cowboys' scores.
After 36 holes, and team rounds of 303 and 298, the Pokes find themselves in 17th place of the 19 mainly regional schools participating.
"Today was somewhat of a rude awakening for my team," said Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen. "We got off to a slow start and had some first tee jitters.
"The guys have had some good practice rounds, but tournament play is just so different. The nerves and emotions come into play. The players are also adjusting to my coaching style and that will come around. We'll grow into it this season."
Colorado State leads the team standings with a total of 566 (-10) and Nevada's Jared Becher is atop the individual leaderboard at 135 (-9).
This year's version of Wyoming's team is in sharp contrast to last season's squad. The Pokes lost four seniors to graduation and return only three members from that team this season; senior Jeff Franks, redshirt senior Niel King and sophomore Corey Steger, who will redshirt this season. This means that at least three of UW's five newcomers will be counted on this year to contribute towards Wyoming's team score.
Franks had the best day on Saturday for UW with rounds of 74 (+2) and 72 (E), and his total of 146 (+2) places him in a tie for 34th of 100 collegiate golfers. Showing the benefit of a redshirt year, King also produced solid scores of 75 and 72.
UW freshman and Colorado Springs product Brandon McCoy, Mitchell HS, had a tough first round score of 79, but bounced back with an afternoon round of 73 for a nice homecoming. Junior college transfer Zac Fisher posted scores of 77 and 79, while freshman Casey Ruff shot 79 and 80.
Playing as an individual, Wyoming freshman Max Curnow scored 77, 81.
One final 18-hole round will be played Sunday morning. The 54-hole tournament is being held at the Eisenhower Golf Club - Blue Course, par 72 and measuring 7,301 yards.